L K Advani seeks a BJP 'charter of commitments to minorities'
In the written part of his speech at the concluding session of the BJP National Council meeting here, the senior party leader said: “I believe that the mutual equation between the BJP and the minorities must change. The BJP must take the initiative in this direction by including a ‘Charter of Commitments’ to minorities in its Agenda for Governance and Development.”
The suggestion may not go down well with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, whose government had objected to a central scholarship scheme targeted at minorities before its plea was rejected by the state high court recently.
Advani also stressed in his speech that the BJP needed to reach out to other parties to widen the NDA into “NDA plus” if it was to provide a “viable non-Congress alternative” in the next elections. Nitish Kumar-led Bihar must be equally empahised under the BJP’s good governance model, he said.
The senior leader, however, was confident that the BJP would be successful in demolishing the “propaganda” that the party was hostile to minorities. He pointed out that Goa CM Manohar Parrikar had won “the hearts and minds of a large section of the Christian community”, giving the party more minority community MLAs in the state than the Congress. He also cited the recent elections in a Muslim-dominated town in Gujarat’s Jamnagar, where the BJP’s Muslim candidates had won
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