Union Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed has accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of deliberately disrupting the proceedings of Parliament to prevent the passing of the Food Security Bill.

Talking to The Hindu here on Wednesday, he said the Food Security Bill, like the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, would help millions of poor people procure food at subsidised rate. This would ensure more support to the United Progressive Alliance government at the Centre and prevent the BJP from coming to power. Hence the BJP was disrupting Parliament and preventing the passing of bills such as Food Security,” Mr. Ahamed said.

He said the “BJP which had raised graft charges against Congress had indulged in more corruption in States where it was in power, be it Karnataka, Uttarakhand or other States. “The party was raising issues such as the Ram temple as it knew very well that it would not get votes on the performance.”

Mr. Ahamed, who is also president of Indian Union Muslim League, said in a State like Kerala too, the BJP was trying to secure the support of some majority communities. They brought Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to Sivagiri to create communal divide in the State, he said.