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Defense Minister Rajnath Singh slams Congress for ‘appeasement policy’

New Delhi: Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has launched a scathing attack on Congress’s “Muslim appeasement policy”.

At an “intellectual meeting” in Visakhapatnam, the Defense Minister elaborated on how the Congress, in a bid to win Muslim votes, is promising things to the community that are divisive and detrimental to the unity and integrity of the country.

Substantiating his views, Rajnath Singh said that the Rangnath Mishra Committee and the Sachar Committee were formed by the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government only to appease a particular community on the pretext of minority welfare.

The Defense Minister also said that he considers as unconstitutional the statement of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh where he stated that the minority community, especially the Muslims, have the first claim on the country’s resources.

He also said it was the Congress government in Andhra Pradesh that had created its first laboratory of ‘communal agenda’ and given reservation to the Muslim community in government jobs on the basis of religion, ignoring the Constitution.

In Andhra Pradesh, an attempt was made to give reservations to the Muslims by reducing reservations to the SC/ST and OBCs and a dirty game was played over vote bank politics, Rajnath Singh noted.

But the Andhra Pradesh High Court stayed the decision, the defense minister said, adding, “Despite the Congress trying to introduce ‘Muslim reservation’ in Andhra Pradesh four times between 2004 and 2010. But due to legal aspects and the intervention of the Supreme Court, it could not realize its plans.”

Rajnath Singh also said that Congress has once again included the idea of ​​’Muslim reservation’ in its election manifesto.

“After our Prime Minister exposed this cheating of Congress, the party is attacking him,” the Defense Minister said.

The Congress is saying that the Prime Minister is lying, while the truth is that the Congress is fooling the people of this country, he alleged.

According to Rajnath Singh, Congress’s promises in the manifesto will create new divisions in the country.

When sections 3 and 6 of the minorities chapter of the Congress manifesto are read together, it becomes clear what the party is trying to do, he said.

Rajnath Singh also said that Section 3 states that “we will encourage and assist students and youth belonging to minorities to take full advantage of the growing opportunities in the fields of education, employment, business, services, sports, arts and other areas.” .

In Section 6 it is written that “we shall ensure that the minorities are given a fair share of opportunities without discrimination in the fields of education, health, public employment, public works, skill development, sports and cultural activities,” said Rajnath Singh .

On the one hand, Congress will promote minority youth to increase their role in education, employment, business, services, sports, arts and other fields, while on the other hand, it will ensure that they play their part get, Rajnath Singh said, adding that this is basically done by making a legal provision, which is expressed by the word ‘insure’.

This means that Congress is now preparing to bring in ‘faith-based reservations’ through the back door, he claimed.

“My concern is even greater because everything the Congress has said in its manifesto in the name of ‘minority welfare’ is influenced by the ‘Sachar Committee’ report,” he said.

When the Sachar Committee, formed during the Congress government, had released its report in 2006, it had also suggested conducting a census based on religion in the Indian Army, Rajnath Singh said.

For the first time in the history of independent India, an attempt was made to divide the armed forces on religious lines, he pointed out.

“At that time, the BJP was in the opposition and we had opposed the Sachar Commission report with full force,” he said.

“This is the real face of the Congress, it wants to create division in every institution and system of this country but the BJP has always strongly opposed it,” he said.

This Congress manifesto has indicated that there will be reservation for religious minorities in government jobs, which if implemented could also include the armed forces under its ambit, the Defense Minister said at the meeting.

He said this is an idea that would damage the unity and integrity of the country and would lead to a terrible situation.

The Congress, which is dividing the country in the name of religion, has been pursuing a politics of appeasement since the first day after Independence that is dividing the society, the Defense Minister said, adding that appeasement and vote bank politics are in the DNA of the Congress.

He added, “Every time I get an opportunity to visit Andhra Pradesh, I am drawn to its vibrant culture and its immense potential. When Andhra Pradesh was divided in 2013, there were many outstanding issues that Congress failed to resolve.

“If you compare it to the NDA government, Atal Bihari Vajpayee created not one but three new states and everything happened so smoothly that all the problems could be solved very easily. We have the example of Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhand and Jharkhand,” he said.

When national and state issues come before Congress, it is unable to “do any addition, nor multiplication, nor is it able to apportion properly,” the senior politician said.

But when the issue of division of the country and society comes before the Congress, it appears to be an expert, said Rajnath Singh.

The Visakhapatnam Chennai Industrial Corridor (VCIC) being built in Andhra Pradesh will prove to be the economic backbone of the state, he claimed.

This approximately 465 km VCIC corridor is a key component of the East West Economic Corridor, which will bring investments worth $100 billion to India, resulting in the creation of about one million jobs, he said.

Rajnath Singh also alleged that due to the laxity of the state government, the expected work in this project has not been done yet.

(IANS)