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BJP never treated Muslims as vote bank, says Najma

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Accuses the Congress of having failed to improve the lot of the Muslims


HYDERABAD: Former Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Najma Heptullah on Wednesday said the BJP never treated Muslims as mere vote banks and always believed that they had equal rights like other citizens.

Addressing a meeting of the BJP's State Minority Morcha, she accused the Congress of having failed to improve the lot of the Muslims after having promised for more than 60 years that it would protect their interests. As a result, the Sachar Committee was appointed and it mentioned that the minorities, particularly a majority of Muslims, remained below poverty line and that they did not get their share in the progress.

If the Congress was truly sympathetic towards Muslims, would it accept the Sachar Committee report? she said. She said around 36 per cent of the country's population was being ruled by BJP and its allies in nine States, while 31 per cent by Congress-ruled States. The 36 per cent of the BJP would jump to 63 per cent in the next elections, she claimed.

Equal pace

She said under the BJP government, Muslims in Gujarat had progressed at an equal pace with Hindus. BJP never discriminated in the name of religion. Secularism was nothing but development in the right manner. “Bihar too is witnessing secular development,” she added.

She urged State BJP leaders to make people aware about corruption under the Congress regime and the failure to control prices.

Telangana

She reiterated that the BJP would extend support if a Bill for creation of Telangana was introduced in Parliament.

Earlier, in a brief chat with reporters, she said that the corrupt Ministers in the Union Cabinet would go to jail. She said the Congress was day-dreaming of returning to power at the Centre in 2014.

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