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Nitish`s love for Muslims damage control move: Tariq

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 17:23

Patna: Nationalist Congress party (NCP)
General Secretary Tariq Anwar today said Bihar Chief Minister
Nitish Kumar`s love for the Muslims was nothing but a `damage
control` move after his pictures came up in local dailies
holding the hands of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Kumar had charged the Centre with being anti-Muslim in
his bid to cover the lost ground among the minority voters
after the advertisements which showed him holding the hands of
his Gujarat counterpart were published, Anwar told reporters.

He said Kumar was following the footsteps of Lalu
Prasad who befooled the minorities for 15 years and did
precious little for the welfare of the Muslims.

With the assembly elections round the corner, Kumar
has begun talking about the welfare of the minorities that
form around 16 per cent votes, Kumar said.

Referring to Kumar`s promise to improve the lot of
`Pasmanda` Muslim community, Anwar said if Kumar was so
serious about their welfare, he should not hesitate in
announcing reservation for this section of the Muslims on the
lines for the backward sections in southern states and West
Bengal.

PTI

First Published: Wednesday, July 7, 2010 - 17:23

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