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BJP and Muslims


This is with reference to the article 'BJP and Muslim Factor' by Asghar Ali Engineer (November 4-10). It certainly raises the eyebrows of at least those who have been victimised by this party along with the sensitive citizenry. BJP's pro-Muslim stance, though for the time being, needs to be closely analysed and should not be blindly trusted. In the recent past it is the BJP which inflicted harm on the minorities in association with Sangh parivar a family of pure and original Indians, though it seems to be absurd as well as funny. It's sudden reversal clearly invites one to unearth some contradictions present in it. Asghar Ali Engineer succeeds in disentangling these threads.

In fact, BJP has started to lose its base in the northern belt as is evident in the facts cited in the article. The sole motive of BJP is to be in power through whatever means. On the division of the Hindu votes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh the message is clear enough; that the attempt of BJP to centralise Hindu religion on the Ayodhya issue has proved to be a colossal waste for the party itself. Had the BJP been sincere in its endeavour it would have retaliated against the recent orders of the Supreme Court's judgment on the Narmada issue since many temples are going to be submerged due to the approval given to the construction of the dam.

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