Lalu, Paswan and Nitish doing lip service for Muslims: Anwar

Patna: Nationalist Congress Party leader Tariq Anwar on Thursday accused RJD chief Lalu Prasad, LJP chief Ramvilas Paswan and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of being responsible for removal of the first Muslim chief minister of the state Abdul Ghafoor.

The three had 'ganged up' and ensured the ouster of Ghafoor within 15 months, Anwar alleged, as they could not countenance a Muslim chief minister.

Claiming that the three were using Muslims as vote banks and were 'anti-Muslim', he said they were seeking minority votes in the upcoming assembly elections.

"The Muslims will teach these leaders a lesson for taking minority votes for granted," Anwar said.

Charging the ruling NDA and RJD-LJP with hobnobbing with communal and criminal elements to win the polls, Anwar said that his party would not give tickets to history sheeters and those with questionable backgrounds.

"The NCP is a secular party and will not give credence to history sheeters in selection of party nominees," Anwar told agency after addressing a meeting of the minority cell of the party here.