BJP Flays PM's Statement On LoC
16 July 2007
New Delhi: The BJP today flayed Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's suggestion that Line of Control (LoC) be made the 'Line of Peace', saying he had 'no right' to make such an offer which went 'against the spirit' of a 1994 Parliamentary resolution. 'Speaking about converting LoC into 'line of peace' is against the spirit of Parliament resolution (of 1994). The Prime Minister has spoken against the resolution which clearly says that whole of Kashmir including parts under Pakistan's occupation belongs to India,' BJP President Rajnath Singh said addressing a party demonstration here. 'He (the Prime Minister) has no right to make such a statement,' he said. Singh alleged that making such a statement, the Prime Minister was 'putting at stake the security of the nation for the sake of votes'. The BJP chief was speaking at a rally organised by the party's Minority cell to protest the UPA government's policies towards the minorities. On the issue of quota for Muslims, the BJP president said his party was not against reservation for the minority community but was only against 'reservation on the basis of religion which would trigger a dangerous trend in the country'. Speaking on the occasion, the party's minority cell president Shahnawaz Hussain alleged that by opposing re-election of President A P J Abdul Kalam, Congress has 'displayed its double standards' towards the cause of minority welfare.