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When RSS loyalist Kovind said Islam, Christianity are alien to India

Asked then by an IANS correspondent as to how Sikh Dalits could enjoy the quota privilege in the same category, he responded: “Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation.”

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New Delhi, June 20 (IANS): “Islam and Christianity are alien” to India, NDAs Presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind said seven years ago when he was just appointed a BJP spokesperson.

Kovind, then a little known BJP leader, addressed a press conference at the BJP headquarters here on March 26, 2010, sought that the Justice Ranganath Misra Commission, which had recommended inclusion of Muslim and Christian converts among the Scheduled Castes, be “scrapped” and called the move “unconstitutional”.

Asked then by an IANS correspondent as to how Sikh Dalits could enjoy the quota privilege in the same category, he responded: “Islam and Christianity are alien to the nation.”

A Supreme Court ruling on March 25 that year had upheld the Andhra Pradesh government’s decision to allow four per cent job quota for backward Muslims.

The proposed reservation for backward Muslims was a burning issue then as the National Commission on Religious and Linguistic Minorities, headed by Justice Misra, former Chief Justice of India, had in a report recommended that backward Muslim and Christian converts should be accorded Scheduled Castes status and given a quota.

Kovind, an RSS loyalist who worked for the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, said the Misra Committee recommendations were not possible to implement.

“Including Muslims and Christians in the Scheduled Castes category will be unconstitutinal,” the lawyer-turned-politician said.

Dalit quota privilege in the country is presently only for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists. And the then Congress-led government had flirted with the idea of extending the reservation to Dalit Christians and Muslims under the Scheduled Castes category. But this triggered a vociferous opposition from the BJP.

Kovind also did not agree that convert Dalit Christians and Muslims were educationally backward and said it was a “very well known” fact that they get better education in convent schools.

“The educational level of Scheduled Castes children remains much lower than that of convert Muslims. The children of converts will grab a major share of reservation in government jobs. They would become eligible to contest elections on seats reserved for Scheduled Castes. This would encourage conversion and fatally destroy the fabric of the Indian society,” he said.

“Their special interest is not in getting reservations in government jobs, they want Scheduled Castes category reservation to contest elections from village panchayats to the Lok Sabha. As they know, they cannot be eligible to contest elections on reserved seats under backward class reservation,” he said.

The BJP government has already made its mind obvious about the Misra panel report with Minister for Social Justice and Empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot saying if its recommmendations were implemented, it would “weaken the Hindu religion”.

“Granting Scheduled Castes status to those belonging to minority communities will encourage conversion and weaken the Hindu religion. There is also no such provision in the Constitution,” Gehlot said.

Kovind, a two-term member of the Rajya Sabha, was on Monday named by BJP President Amit Shah as the NDA candidate to become the 14th President of India. He served as the chief of the BJP’s Scheduled Castes Morcha from 1998 to 2002.

By Sarwar Kashani

(Sarwar Kashani can be contacted at [email protected])

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Rahul Gandhi invites Party MPs, Office bearers and others for dinner today

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New Delhi,17th December: Congress president Rahul Gandhi has invited Party MPs, Office bearers,PCC leaders and Congress Legislative Party leaders for dinner on Sunday (17th December) evening in Delhi.

Rahul Gandhi on Saturday (16th December) took over the post of Congress President.

In his first speech as Congress President Rahul said that it is a ”It is with the deepest humility, that I accept this position (of Congress President) knowing that I will always be walking in the shadow of giants.”

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BJP won’t win enough seats to form government in Gujarat: BJP leader Kakade

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Member of Parliament in Rajya Sabha and Bhartiya Janta Party leader Sanjay Kakde, has claimed that Congress will be the Major party with maximum votes in Gujarat elections.

Talking about Gujarat election the BJP rajyasabha member from Pune said, “BJP would’nt win enough seats to form its government in Gujarat.”

The Bjp leader also stated,”If Congress wins this election, it will be because the BJP did not conduct a good election campaign.”

Kakde has claimed that his team has done a survey of Gujarat election which are the basis of his purport.

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Non-bailable warrants against BJP’s Sanjiv Balyan, Sangeet Som in Muzaffarnagar riot case

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The local court of Uttar Pradesh has issued a non-bailable warrant against Former Union minister Sanjiv Balyan, Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Rana and BJP MLAs Sangeet Som and Umesh Malik and others in connection with a 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots case.

The Court has also sought permission from the state to prosecute them under section 153A of IPC for allegedly make hate speeches. According to news agency PTI additional chief judicial magistrate, on Friday issued a non-bailable warrant and asked to all the appear in Court on 19th January 2018.

Almost 60 people died and 40,000 were displaced in Muzaffarnagar communal clashes which took place between August and September 2013

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