BJP slams Cong strategy

BJP national spokesperson Nalin S. Kohli, also the in-charge of the party in Meghalaya, yesterday took a dig at the Congress over its strategy to attract Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and other religious minorities of the Northeast, terming it part of the "communal agenda" of the party.

By Rining Lyngdoh in Shilong
  • Published 7.11.16
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Shillong, Nov. 6: BJP national spokesperson Nalin S. Kohli, also the in-charge of the party in Meghalaya, yesterday took a dig at the Congress over its strategy to attract Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and other religious minorities of the Northeast, terming it part of the "communal agenda" of the party.

"The move to attract Christians, Muslims, and other communities on the basis of religion or comments made by AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh, on the escape of eight members of the banned Students Islamic Movement of India (Simi) from jail, has only confirmed that the Congress has a communal agenda, and ours (the BJP) has a development agenda," Kohli said yesterday during the reception for the auton-omous district council members who joined the party.

According to Kohli, when the Simi members were killed in an encounter within hours of escaping from Bhopal Central jail, Singh had said there was a conspiracy behind the whole incident and wondered "why only Muslims break out of prison and not Hindus". Singh's comment was trying to divide the fight against terror on communal lines, Kohli added.

On November 2, a statement by issued by Meghalaya PCC president D.D. Lapang said the minorities department of the AICC was preparing a strategy to attract Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and other religious minorities of the Northeast to the Congress.

Lapang said the chairperson of the minorities department has entrusted the Congress ideologue from Assam, Rejaul Karim Laskar, to prepare this strategy after visiting all the eight states of the Northeast and meeting state Congress presidents, CLP and other leaders.

Laskar met Lapang here and gave some suggestions to the minority department.

Yesterday, the AICC also reconstituted its "dormant" Northeast Congress Co-ordination Committee to counter the BJP's rise. Meghalaya chief minister Mukul Sangma is the committee convener.