Paswan open to Muslim candidate for deputy chief ministership



Patna: Under attack from opposition for projecting his brother and state LJP president Pashupati Kumar Paras as candidate for deputy chief ministership, LJP supreme Ram Vilas Paswan has said, he was open to appointment of a suitable candidate from the Muslim community to hold the post in the event of the RJD-LJP combine coming to power.

"We have remained irrevocably committed to the uplift of the Muslims in Bihar and elsewhere and therefore I am personally open to subscribe to any suggestion for making a Muslim as our alliance nominee for deputy chief minister", Paswan who was here yesterday said.

Paswan, however said, Paras was a consensus candidate of the RJD-LJP alliance for the post.

RJD president Lalu Prasad also reiterated Paswan's statement and said the alliance was open to proposal of projecting a Muslim as a deputy chief minister.

Paswan was under attack from political opponents, ruling NDA and the Congress in Bihar, which had accused Paswan of shifting from his earlier stand of making a Muslim as chief minister.

PTI