Chandigarh: The war of words on sub-quota for minorities further flared up on Sunday with BJP accusing Congress of indulging in worst form of communal propaganda to garner votes in poll bound Uttar Pradesh and other four states.

"It is unfortunate for the country that the Congress party is indulging in communal politics to garner votes in poll-bound states," BJP national general secretary and chief spokesman Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

He cited that religion based reservation is not permissible under the constitution.

On the Congress leaders endorsing granting nine percent quotas for minorities, he said it was pure vote bank politics to woo voters.

On the issue of different stands of Home Minister P Chidambaram and Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on the three-year old Batla house encounter in which one Delhi police cop died, he said that Digvijaya should be immediately expelled from the party.

"Digvijaya says Batla house was fake whereas Chidambaram says it’s not fake...now whom does the country believe on," he added.

 “Such difference in statements lowers the confidence of forces fighting terrorists in the country," he said.

On the issue of forthcoming Assembly polls in Punjab, he asked what the vision of Congress for the state is when economy had been slowed down.

He also sought to know from the Congress who would be their Chief Ministerial candidate in Punjab.

"The SAD-BJP alliance had already announced that Parkash Singh Badal would be the CM candidate of the combine," he said.

Prasad rejected the suggestion that the incumbent government does not repeat in Punjab as per previous trends.

"There has been a change in the mood of voters now," he said adding that the ruling government had repeated in Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat in the past.

Commenting on the Congress rebels, Prasad said, "I was told the other day there are as many as 55 rebels of Congress in the fray."

How can a party which is not able to contain rebels will serve the state, he questioned?

On the concern raised by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati on draping of elephants and her statutes, he said that "She should have focused on good governance as there has been corruption and lawlessness in her regime."

He asked Mayawati as to how many dalits were provided jobs during her regime.

"The rate of malnutrition is biggest in Uttar Pradesh and lot of pregnant females die in the state," he said asking why is it in UP.

Referring to around 40-year-old relations of SAD and BJP in Punjab, he said that "the alliance between the two political parties remained even after lot of political turmoil."

"There has been great legacy of political understanding between the two parties (SAD and BJP in Punjab)," he said.

He questioned the silence of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and RJD leader Lalu Yadav on the issue of sub quota.

On Babu Ram Khushwa, he said that inquiry will be held on the corruption charges against Khushwa.

On the issue of corruption cases against few Punjab ministers and later their removal, he said that "it was a case of CBI misuse at the hands of political masters."

(Agencies)