New Delhi: Charging the government with "brazenness" on the minority sub-quota issue, the BJP on Wednesday said the Congress-led dispensation is playing "appeasement politics" and attempting to fool the people despite knowing well that the Constitution does not permit religion-based reservations.

"The Congress has repeatedly misled the people, particularly the minorities, by playing the reservation card, whilst all the while knowing that religion-based reservation is not envisaged by the makers of our Constitution," BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said.

She alleged that there has been a "certain brazenness" about the way in which the Congress-led UPA alliance, and Law Minister Salman Khurshid in particular, have gone about "attempting to fool" the people.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday refused to stay the verdict given by the Andhra Pradesh High Court which rejected the 4.5 percent sub-quota within the 27 percent quota reserved for the OBC category.

"Khurshid had said that the government is working out a legislation on religious lines... He knew that the matter is sub-judice. The Law Minister who is supposed to keep the law of the land dared the Election Commission in Farrukhabad (where his wife Louise was contesting the UP polls) by saying let the EC hang me, but I will come up with this legislation," Sitharaman said.

She maintained that the Congress should "stop fooling the people" in the name of religion based reservations.

"Congress has played this game for too long... BJP demands that the Congress apologise to the people for the way it has played communal politics in the name of appeasing minorities to win votes and get power," she said.

The BJP pointed out that there were media reports during the Uttar Pradesh polls saying several Muslim organizations were themselves out to "expose the Congress reservation ploy".

Sitharaman said the Andhra Pradesh High Court had pulled up the government for its "callous approach" and even commented that there appears to be no "intelligible considerations" in the idea of a sub-quota.

"People have realised that only development for all will help achieve equitable growth for all. Appeasement politics of the Congress stands completely exposed," she said.

She recalled that in September 2011, the union law minister had said in Hyderabad that some changes may be made in the law regarding reservations to minorities in government jobs and educational institutions on the lines of what had been done by the Andhra Pradesh government. "We will follow the Andhra Pradesh model quite closely," Sitharaman quoted the minister as having said.

The BJP also insisted that the brazenness being shown by the government and the Congress has come despite the Election Commission pulling up Khurshid for "misleading the voters with the promise which was not even in the Congress manifesto for UP polls".


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