VHP threatens stir against Muslim quota

Kanpur: Opposing the 4.5 per cent reservation to Muslims within the OBC quota, Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Praveen Togadia today accused the UPA government and the Congress party of ignoring the interests of Hindus and threatened to launch an agitation against the decision.

"The Centre and Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi were trying to appease the Muslim community which was against the interests of backward Hindus. This is a violation of the democratic rights of the majority Hindus and the VHP would agitate against it," Togadia told reporters after a meeting of students organised by the Kanpur branch of the VHP.

He accused the government of bowing to the Muslim vote bank and said that granting reservation to Muslims within the OBC quota would hurt the interests and rights of backward caste Hindus.

The VHP leader threatened to launch a nationwide agitation and go to the courts if the government does not reverse the decision. On Thursday in Lucknow, Togadia had demanded the rejection of recommendations of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Commission.

He, however, refused to answer any questions on the inclusion of tainted ex-BSP leader Babu Singh Kushwaha in the BJP.