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Jan 12, 2012 at 10:48am IST

UP polls: Parties compete to woo Muslim voters

New Delhi: All parties appear to be indulging in competitive politics over Muslims in Uttar Pradesh as the state heads towards assembly polls.

While Congress leader Digvijaya Singh once again raked up the 2008 Batla House encounter, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Uma Bharti hit out at the Congress, accusing it of trying to divide the country with quota for Muslims.

Congress leader Digvijaya Singh, who was in Azamgarh on Wednesday, again raked up the Batla house encounter in Delhi, saying he still maintained that the 2008 encounter was fake.

UP polls: Parties compete to woo Muslim voters

While Digvijaya Singh raked up the 2008 Batla House encounter, Uma Bharti attacked Congress over quota for Muslims.

Digvijaya further said that he wanted a judicial inquiry but was overruled by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram.

He made the comments after locals confronted Rahul Gandhi over the encounter.

BJP leader Uma Bharti, meanwhile, tried to reach out to the Muslim voters, accusing the Congress of trying to divide the country ideologically on the basis of caste and religion by offering quota for Muslims.

She said that the real aim behind the move was vote bank politics.

The BJP asked if the Congress was trying to convert the country into a Hindu state.

"The whole idea is against the tenets of Islam as Islam is against division within the community on the basis of caste," said Bharti.

"We aren't a religious state, we are a secular state. Is Cong trying to convert it into a Hindu state?" she said.

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi was met with strong protests as he went about his campaign through the state. An effigy of his was burnt by agitators, who were angry about the Batla House encounter as those killed were from Azamgarh.