Nitish blames Congress for plight of Muslims

Apparently to woo Muslims voters ahead of the upcoming Assembly polls in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today blamed Congress for the plight of the minority community of the country.

Updated: Jul 01, 2010, 21:02 PM IST

Patna: Apparently to woo Muslims voters ahead
of the upcoming Assembly polls in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish
Kumar today blamed Congress for the plight of the minority
community of the country.

The Congress cannot absolve itself of the blame for the
poor condition of the minority community as it has ruled the
country for the better part of the 63 years since
independence, he said at the Pasmanda (professionally poor
Muslims) Adhikar Sammelan here.

Both the Rajindar Sachchar and Rangnath Misra committee
reports have highlighted the plight of the Muslims and made
recommendations for alleviation of their condition, Kumar
said.

Kumar alleged that the mindset of Congress towards Muslims
has not changed.

The chief minister referred to the rejection of the state
government`s proposal for the central grants for improving
educational infrastructure in Kishanganj, one of the seven
Muslim-dominated districts in Bihar, covered under a central
scheme to cater to education of the children of the minority
community.

On measures taken by his government to promote education
of Muslim and dalit children, the Chief Minister said 1,127
madrasas have been given liberal grants.

The NDA government has decided to restore power of the
State Madrasa Board to grant recognition to unaided seminaries
to make them eligible to give grants for development of
educational infrastructure within their premises.

JD(U) Rajya Sabha member Ali Anwar Ansari, main organiser
of the Pasmanda Adhikar Sammelan, appealed to the gathering to
reward the NDA government with another term in office.

PTI