‘3,111 communal clashes occurred during Congress rule’

Staff Correspondent

Condition of minorities said to have been ‘much better’ during NDA regime

BJP leader says uniform civil code for all communities is essential

Udupi: Anwar Manipady, vice president of the State unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said on Thursday that the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government was trying to entice minority communities.

He told presspersons here that there were 3,368 communal clashes till 2004. Of them, 3,111 were under the Congress rule. Only 257 communal clashes occurred during the Janata Party’s rule (1977-79), and the NDA-rule taken together, Mr. Manipady said.

The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government had during its seven-year rule at the Centre, launched several programmes for minority communities. The condition of minorities was better during the NDA regime than during the Congress regime which spanned over 55 years. The budgets presented by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had many programmes for the welfare of minority communities. “But the BJP never boasts of these programmes,” he said.

He said that he was for uniform civil code for all communities, including the minorities. Asked how many Muslim candidates the BJP had fielded in the country in the current Lok Sabha elections, he said that only two Muslim candidates were being fielded in the country. “The party has not reached the stage in Karnataka where tickets could be given to Muslim candidates. When it reaches such a stage, tickets would be given to Muslims as well,” he said.

Home Minister V.S. Acharya, BJP leaders, Katapady Shankar Poojary, Salim Ambagilu, and N.B. Abubakar were present.

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