ANDHRA PRADESH

BJP campaign against Muslim quota

Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA: BJP State president Bandaru Dattatreya on Saturday announced the launch of a three-month mass contact campaign across the State soon to mobilise public opinion against the “hasty manner” in which the Congress Government was seeking to implement reservations to various categories of Muslims “through the backdoor”.

“It is nothing but vote bank politics.

The Chief Minister has resorted to this step in a desperate situation after having failed on all fronts for three long years. We will not rest till the Government goes back on this,” Mr. Dattatreya declared at a press conference here on Saturday.

Campaign

The mass-contact campaign, which would begin after the party’s State-level meet on July 9, would include dharnas, demonstrations and public meetings across the length and breadth of the State.

It was meant to create awareness about the “Government acting as an extra-Constitutional power” by seeking to implement crucial decision like reservations through an ordinance, Mr. Dattatreya said.

Misdeeds

The BJP leader asserted that it would be a prolonged programme to highlight the “misdeeds” of the Congress Government, such as implementation of reservations for backward Muslims and trying to make Pratibha Patil the country’s President.

The campaign would conclude before September 25.

Mr. Dattatreya regretted that the Government had gone ahead with its decision to create reservations for backward Muslims though there was criticism from the community concerned over the possibility of differences among them coming to fore because of the categorisation.

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