Nagpur: Terming as "opportunistic" UPA government's move to carve out a 4.5 per cent sub-quota for minorities within the 27 per cent reservation for OBCs, BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi today appealed to the Election Commission to intervene and stop implementation of the same.
"Timing of the decision (regarding sub-quota for minorities) by UPA government and announcement of poll dates (for five states) was so close that Election Commission must dispel the lurking doubt from the minds of people about this curious coincidence. It is necessary for EC to maintain its own fair and impartial image," he said.
The decision regarding the quota by the Union Cabinet recently would pave way for reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for minorities as defined in section 2 (C) of the National Commission for Minorities Act, 1992.
Joshi also slammed the Centre for proposing reservation for minorities in the anti-graft bench of Lokpal Bill, dubbing it as "divisive" and "gross abuse of power for petty vote bank politics".
UPA is trying to disrupt social and communal harmony by such moves, he alleged.
The former BJP president was in the city to meet RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat.
About the recent announcement by EC to monitor movement and campaign of Team Anna in the poll-bound states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Goa, Manipur and Punjab, Joshi said, "How can the constitutional body prevent social groups from campaigning in elections and create awareness among people?"
Objecting to MoS PMO V Naraian Sami's statement that government would tackle Team Anna with an iron hand, Joshi said EC should take serious note of such remarks.