Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) party chief Nitin Gadkari accused the
Congress of implicating Muslim youth in false terror cases and
blamed the police of doing greatest harm to the Muslims, Kuldip Nayar, an
ex-parliamentarian and senior journalist, claimed in his recently
“And see what is happening? They
pick up some boys from among the Muslim youth and dub them as
terrorists. Certain crimes are framed against them so that a
particular act of terrorism had ready-made perpetrators. What
choice do the poor Muslims have?", Nayar quoted BJP president
Gadkari as saying during what he termed as 'an accidental'
"The Congress had done little for
the Muslims either in the field of education, health or
employment. It has used them only as a vote bank", Nayar wrote
Gadkari as reiterating.
“It is a party of manipulators and
conspirators and it was the Congress which had divided the country
into secular and non-secular parts", Nayar quoted Gadkari as
has done the greatest harm to the community by filing false cases
against them", added Gadkari, according to Nayar.
Stating that the BJP is not against
the Muslims, Gadkari blamed the media of spreading the impression
that the party is anti-Muslims.
“You people have spread the
impression that we are anti-Muslim. The Hindutva does not mean
hostility towards Islam. Our priority is nationalism", Nayar
quoted the BJP president while admitting that the BJP
would need to get the Muslim vote if it wanted to obtain a majority.
Nayar wrote, the BJP chief also
wanted best of relations with Pakistan.
“I have told the Pakistanis that
both of us should live peacefully as neighbours and jointly fight
against poverty. They are wasting money on buying weapons and so
on. Imagine the crop the two countries can reap if the money is
diverted towards ploughs, tools and technology, instead of guns,
tanks and ammunition,” Nayar quoted Gadkari as saying.
The Muslim community leaders and
secular activists have long been accusing the Indian investigating
agencies of framing Muslim youth in terror cases. In one of the
such recent cases, the investigating agencies had charged Muslim
youth of executing bomb blast inside a Malegaon mosque. Later
investigations however suggested involvement of a Hindu extremist
group in the case.