//Fernandes raps Govt. over reported Muslim survey

Fernandes raps Govt. over reported Muslim survey

New Delhi, Feb. 12. (PTI): Flaying the PMO’s reported move to order a survey of Muslims in armed forces, former Defence Minister and NDA Convenor George Fernandes on Sunday said the step would weaken the three services and break their morale.

"There can be no minority and majority in armed forces. Whoever is floating these ideas is working to weaken the forces and break their morale," he said in a statement here.

"Whoever took such a decision is not just an enemy of the nation but is also wholly ignorant of India’s security concerns. It is my conviction that the exercise on which the Government is on could turn out to be a seditious act," Fernandes said.

The Janata Dal (U) President said the Indian Army had a reputation of being not only professional but also being secular.

"Secular not in the sense the Marxists and the Congress divide people for their political purposes. It is secular in the sense that in war and peace without asking who is who and whose religion is what, the armed forces fight and lay down their lives for the nation. The patriotism of our forces can never be questioned," he said.

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