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The Indian Herald

March 1, 2009

VHP doesn't want Muslim leaders in BJP

Hardening its anti-minority stance, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) on Saturday said that there should not be any place for Muslim leaders in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

VHP leader Giriraj Kishore today said that neither Shahnawaz Khan nor Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi can be acceptable in a party like BJP that claims to speak for the majority Hindu community.

Expressing his unhappiness over the presence of Muslims in BJP's leadership, Kishore said that any such candidate would have no support of the VHP's cadre during the upcoming elections.

Kishore is a hardliner and has often taken positions that have been stronger than the stand of the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), though the VHP is one of the offshoot of the Sangh Parivar.

Shahnawaz Khan will contest from Kishanganj in Bihar while Naqvi is likely to be fielded from his home constituency, Rampur. They are the only two major Muslim faces of BJP.

TIH Bureau

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