The Bharatiya Janata Party came down strongly on Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Tuesday and demanded that the letter written by him, urging States to ensure that Muslim youths are not wrongfully detained in terror cases, be withdrawn.

“The letter goes against the spirit of the Constitution. The Prime Minister should direct the Home Minister that the letter he has written to Chief Ministers be withdrawn,” BJP president Rajnath Singh told a press conference here.

Referring to Article 14 and 15 (1) of the Constitution, Mr. Singh said the BJP is of the opinion that no one should be harassed without reason – irrespective of caste, creed or religion.

“The letter will also adversely affect investigations and prosecution in many cases involving terrorism,” Mr. Singh said. “It is for the courts to decide who is guilty and who is not.” He charged the Congress with adopting the British policy of “divide and rule” for its vote bank politics.On the recent ruling of the Supreme Court directing the Election Commission of India to enable voters to reject all candidates by pressing the additional ‘none of the above’ button, Mr. Singh said the issue should be viewed in the context of “compulsory electoral reforms.” “The Election Commission should take cognisance of the ruling and convene an all-party meeting to discuss the issue,” he said.

“No talks with Pakistan”

The BJP believed that “talks with Pakistan should not take place when terrorist activities continued in Jammu and Kashmir and other parts of the country.”

“We feel unless there is a sincere effort from Pakistan to stop Pakistan-sponsored terrorism from its territory, there should not be any talks. At least the Prime Minister [of India] should not talk,” the BJP president said.

The Home Minister urged States to ensure that Muslims are not wrongly detained in terror cases