New Delhi: Launching a scathing attack on the Congress, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley maintained that issues like good governance, improving law and order and corruption were the main election issues in Uttar Pradesh. On the contrary, eyeing at major chunk from the OBC share, the rival party has shifted all its attention on providing nine percent reservation to minorities.
    
"But the Congress is attempting to change the agenda from electoral issues to a divisive agenda by offering reservation on religious lines. It has offered nine percent reservation to minorities which is totally unconstitutional. This is an attempt to divide the society at the time of elections," Jaitley asserted.
    
The BJP leader also took a dig at the government and the Congress for indulging in double-speak on the issue. "The Congress spokesperson has said this offer of nine per cent reservation to minorities is the personal view of Salman Kurshid. Why this dual forked tongue?" Jaitley asked.

Jaitely asked why the UPA government in his two times tenure had not thought about this issue.
         
Emphasizing the dual approach adopted by the Congress and the government in the Batla House encounter, the BJP leader said even on this serious issue they spoke on different lines. He also demanded that the government must issue a White Paper to clear the air.

Jaitley claimed that while the Batla House encounter had broken the spine of the Indian Mujahideen and it could not regroup any longer, the Congress general secretary (Digvijay Singh) was calling it a fake encounter.
                 
BJP also insisted that the Congress is desperate to get a new ally in SP or BSP in UP as its alliance with TMC is under threat.
        
Accusing the government and Congress of politicizing both the issues for electoral gains, Jaitley alleged that double speak by the government and the Congress on minority quota appears to be part of a strategy.
        
The BJP leader warned the Congress against playing such divisive politics. "We believe the Congress is getting tangled in its own web as it plays this politics. This will not get votes for them," he said.
         
Citing the case of Bihar and RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Jaitley said a particular leader in the state, who had played the caste politics, ended up paying the price when people voted for the JD(U)-BJP alliance led by Nitish Kumar to see development in the state.
        
JPN/Bureau/Agencies