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BJP does a U-turn on Sachar Committee

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 12, 2014 Published on March 12, 2014

Having attacked the Sachar Committee ever since its constitution, the BJP made a U-turn soon after Narendra Modi quoted from the committee’s report in his rally inBihar earlier this week.

Party spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussein said on Wednesday the Sachar Committee’s findings — which reveal abysmal health and education levels among Muslims besides extreme backwardness and lack of representation in jobs — will form the basis of the BJP’s policy orientation in the future.

The UPA has recommended 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities in the OBC reservation, a decision that has been challenged in the courts.

Hussein’s pronouncements were more political in nature.

He skirted questions pertaining to whether the BJP accepts the recommendations of the Committee.

“Modiji has quoted from the report. That means that we take a serious notice of the findings of the report.

“Recommendations are a different matter. The BJP’s policy towards the Muslims will be geared towards improving education and health standards besides poverty alleviation,” said Hussein, the BJP’s lone Muslim Lok Sabha MP.

Published on March 12, 2014

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