New Delhi: The BJP will hold a minority
conference in poll-bound Bihar next month in an apparent bid
to reach out to Muslims.
"BJP`s Minority Morcha will hold a minority conference
at the Sri Krishna Memorial Hall in Patna on July 14 where
issues related to the Muslim community will be discussed," BJP
spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said.
The conference will be attended by Bihar unit leaders
and leaders from the state who are now part of BJP`s Central
unit, he said.
Hussain, who is MP from Bhagalpur in Bihar, will be the
key speaker and organiser of the event.
"All that is being done for the minorities in BJP-ruled
states will also be discussed and the Bihar unit will be
apprised of these facts," he said.
When asked if the conference was conceived in the
light of the present differences with JD(U), Hussain replied
in the negative saying that the programme had been planned
"two months back".
Nitish Kumar had raised serious objections to a
newspaper advertisement depicting him and his Gujarat
counterpart Narendra Modi hand in hand. The Bihar CM saw this
as an attempt to dent his hold over Muslims who treat Modi as
a hardliner after the post-Godhra riots.
He was non-committal about whether recommendations made
by the Ranganath Mishra Commission and the Sachar Commission
would be discussed at the conclave. However, sources said
these were likely to figure prominently in the meeting.
BJP is opposed to inclusion of Dalits who have
converted to Islam or Christianity getting the benefit of SC
reservation as recommended by Mishra Commission. It also
treats Sachar Commission recommendation as an attempt at
"We are not anti-minority. Whenever we come to power we
treat minorities with importance," Hussain said.
Enumerating the measures taken by BJP for minority
welfare in Bihar, Hussain said no other government had
allocated more funds to Muslims under various heads as the
present JD(U)-BJP government.
Hussain and Nitish Kumar had recently held a Weavers`
Panchayat in Bhagalpur to address their grievances. Weavers in
the area mostly belong to the minority community.