April 4, 2009 12:45:01 am
Bihar Chief Minister and JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar received a major boost in his poll campaign on Friday when three top leaders of the LJP and RJD joined his party. While LJP’s former state president and lone Muslim face Gulam Rasul Baliyawi joined the JD(U) on Thursday,RJD MPs Vijay Krishna and Ganesh Prasad joined the party on Friday. Krishna had defeated Nitish Kumar from Barh in the 2004 elections. The entire minority cell of the RJD under Nemtullah had joined the JD(U) last month.
The JD(U) leadership is enthused about the weaning away of minority faces from the RJD and LJP. “Our Government has taken several measures for Muslims,including fencing of 8,064 cemeteries,scholarships to students and incentives to ones getting a first division in matriculation,” said Nitish Kumar.
Kumar said Nemtullah and Baliyawi had “exposed the fake secular credentials” of Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan. “Balyawi was the man without whom no meeting of the LJP could be held. But Paswan gave him a raw deal”,said Kumar.
Baliyawi,on the other hand,did not seem perturbed about the JD-U’s alliance with the BJP. He said,”Nitish Kumar is concerned about the minorities. As for the JD(U)’s ties with the BJP,the Muslims of the country were not under any threat when A B Vajpayee was the Prime Minister for six years.”
The RJD and the LJP,however,have said that the shifting of loyalties by Nemtullah and Baliyawi would not make any major dent in its votes.
Meanwhile,the Congress has retracted from its stand of not fielding a candidate against Ramvilas Paswan at Hajipur,and will now field Dasai Choudhary.
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