Ad bans Hindus from applying for job, draws BJP ire

Written by PTI | Thrissur | Updated: Aug 19 2014, 00:14am hrs
A BJP functionary in Kerala today took objection to an employment advertisement issued by a business concern here that said only Christian and Muslim candidates need to apply for the jobs it offered.

Talking to reporters here, the BJP state Cell Co-ordinator B Gopalakrishnan said a ban on Hindus applying for job amounted to an infringement of their constitutional right.

The advertisement that appeared in a Malayalam daily recently had invited applications for various jobs in a supermarket in the city from candidates belonging to the two communities only, he said.

The BJP leader said this went against the Fundamental Rights and was a flagrant violation of Article 14 of the Constitution which says "the state shall not deny to any person equality before law or the equal protection of the laws within the territory of India."

He said on seeing the advertisement, he contacted the proprietors and urged them to withdraw it but they declined to do so.

He said a protest would be organised here on August 22 if the business venture failed to recall the advertisement.