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Thursday, September 01, 2005

'Paswan trying to become another Jinnah'

Press Trust of India
Thursday, September 01, 2005

Buxar, September 1: Attacking the LJP president Ramvilas Paswan for his continued insistence on a Muslim Chief Minister in Bihar, senior BJP leader Syed Shahnawaz Hussain accused him of spreading the ‘poison of communalism’ for political benefit.

“I ask Paswan whether A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a Muslim President or the President of India? Under the Indian Constitution there is no post of a Muslim Chief Minister. Paswan is spreading the poison of communalism for political gains,” he said at a public meeting at Brahmpur in the course of NDA’s ongoing ‘Nyay Yatra’.

Accusing the LJP leader with trying to become another Md Ali Jinnah (Pakistan founder), Hussain asked when cricketer Md Kaif hits a boundary against Zimbabwe or Irfan Pathan uproots the stumps of opponents or Sania Mirza wins a match in the US Open do we say a Muslim achieved a feat or say an Indian performed extraordinarily? Muslims are proud to be Indians and are more interested in having a Chief Minister who works sincerely for their uplift, said Hussain, who was the lone Muslim face in the Atal Behari Vajpayee Cabinet.

Claiming that NDA always worked diligently for welfare of Muslims, he said it was during the tenure of Vajpayee that Kalam was made President and he a Cabinet Minister. Describing RJD president Laloo Prasad’s ‘love’ for Muslims as ‘politically motivated’, the BJP leader alleged ‘only the criminals among Muslims or those prepared to bow before him (Laloo) were patronised and promoted’.

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