//Advani must apologise for anti-Muslim remarks : Congress

Advani must apologise for anti-Muslim remarks : Congress

Tuesday, May 16, 2006 IANS

NEW DELHI: The Congress party, on Tuesday, demanded an apology from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for remarks against the Muslim community in a party document that carried a foreword by senior BJP leader L.K. Advani.

Congress spokesperson Jayanthi Natarajan alleged that the sixth volume of the BJP document – "History of Bharatiya Jana Sangh" – carries "provocative remarks against the Muslim community".

"The leader of opposition (in the Lok Sabha, Advani) has written a foreword to the book and given the contents an authenticity. Advani should apologise to the nation for having allowed such a book to come out," Natarajan said.

According to Natarajan, the book has used several derogatory expressions against the community.

"It exposes the true communal colour of the BJP, which seeks to project itself as an inclusive party with regard for the Indian constitution, which is secular," she said.

The book reportedly claims that Jana Sangh, the predecessor of the BJP, was founded to counter Muslims.