Patna: Ruling JD(U) in Bihar today castigated
the RJD-LJP combine for alleged "neglect" of minorities and
asked Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan why they failed to get
the Ranganath Misra Commission report on welfare of minorities
implemented despite being "powerful" union ministers.
"The RJD-LJP combine have a long history of using
minorities merely for the purpose of votes... why they failed
to get the commission`s report implemented when they held
powerful positions in the Union cabinet for five years," JD(U)
general secretary and Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar told
He said the promise of sops for minorities in the
manifesto of the combine was "nothing but an eyewash".
"Both Prasad and Paswan are in the habit of befooling and
cheating minorities at the time of vote," he said adding "the
minorities would not be influenced by such political
Anwar claimed that the NDA took a number of steps for
uplift of minorities in Bihar during the past five years.
He said the NDA government in Bihar took steps like
fencing of 3500 graveyards, appointing Urdu teachers, giving
recognition to 2450 Madarsas and distributing cycles free of
cost to students from minority communities, besides releasing
grants worth Rs 108 crore to Madarsa teachers and increasing
their dearness allowance by more than 300 per cent.
The NDA government also got the cases related to Bhagalpur
riots reopened and the guilty were brought to justice, he