Ahmedabad:  Opposing the government’s decision to provide reservation to minorities including Muslims within the backward class quota, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi termed the move as a ‘betrayal’ to the Dalit community. Citing religion based reservation as a threat to the nation, Modi called for Dalit youths to come together to oppose it.

Announcing himself as a backward class for the first time on a public stage, Modi said, “I never used it for political gains.”

Acquiring an aggressive attitude ahead of the assembly elections, Modi blew the poll trumpet to step up the electoral campaign in Gujarat. On the other hand, the Sardar Sandesh yatra organized by the Congress is posing as a tough challenge to the Bharatiya Janata party rule in the state.

Passing a proposal at a Dalit conference at Gandhinagar, Modi accused the UPA government of dividing the nation in the name of religion.

Modi said, “The Congress is keen on providing religion-based reservation for the sake of power which is against the Constitution”.

He said, “The Congress has gone mad in its hunger for power. While the BJP is trying to unite people by its Sadbhavna Mission in Gujarat, the Congress is trying to earn political benefits by providing religion based reservation by violating the Constitution.”

(JPN/Bureau)