|"Such an action will divide society further on religious lines"|
NEW DELHI: The Bharatiya Janata Party on Friday criticised the Tamil Nadu Government's decision to grant exclusive reservation for Muslims and Christians in government services and educational institutions.
"This action will divide society further on religious lines and is against the spirit of the Constitution and secularism," party spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said here.
He said the Constitution did not allow reservation based on religion and, curiously, the Tamil Nadu Government was taking cover under the "communal G.O. of 1921 and 1927. It is indeed unfortunate and surprising that a State Government has made an earlier and divisive GO of the British times the basis for action in the 21st Century and that too after India as a nation has adopted the Constitution in 1950!"
The BJP, he said, was in favour of special action programmes and schemes for the economically and educationally backward sections but denounced any affirmative action that was based on religion and that lacked a clear scientific foundation.
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