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For first time in historical past, no Muslim in Bihar ministry

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(This story initially appeared in on Nov 18, 2020)

PATNA: When the 17th Bihar legislative meeting will meet for its maiden session on November 23, there will probably be no member from the minorities, particularly Muslim neighborhood, within the treasury benches.

It is for the primary time within the post-independence historical past of Bihar legislative meeting that no minister from the Muslim neighborhood could be among the many cupboard ministers.

All earlier cupboards in Bihar, proper from these headed by the primary CM Shri Krishna Sinha to the final headed by Nitish Kumar himself, had no less than a number of ministers from the Muslim neighborhood, old-timers recall.

Moreover, the three earlier coalition governments of the BJP-JD(U) headed by Nitish additionally had illustration from the Muslim neighborhood. Khurshid alias Firoz Ahmad of JD(U) was the minority welfare minister within the final cupboard of Nitish. But Khurshid misplaced the lately concluded meeting polls from his Sikta seat.

Some senior JD(U) leaders imagine that CM Nitish Kumar didn’t appoint any minister from the Muslim neighborhood this time primarily as a result of not a single MLA from the minority neighborhood received the meeting election from any of the 4 NDA allies — JD(U), BJP, HAM(S) and VIP — although they’ve 125 MLAs within the 243-member House.

Neither BJP nor HAM(S) of Jitan Ram Manjhi or the VIP led by Mukesh Sahani had fielded any Muslim candidate within the lately concluded election. Though JD(U) fielded 11 Muslims amongst its 115 candidates, however all misplaced the election. Of the 11 JD(U) candidates, six have been fielded within the Muslim dominated Seemanchal area the place the Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM received 5 seats.

Also, the variety of Muslim MLAs within the new meeting has decreased to 19 from 24 within the 16th House constituted in 2015. “Linguistic minorities, including Muslims, have around 18% population in the state. Muslims alone have around 17% population. It is very unfortunate that they have no representation in the new cabinet headed by Nitish ji,” Congress spokesperson Harkhu Jha advised TOI.

When contacted, JD(U)’s minority cell state president Tanweer Akhtar stated the successive governments headed by Nitish did quite a bit for the general improvement and progress of Muslim neighborhood within the final 15 years. “But the Muslim community did not support even the 11 candidates from their community fielded by Nitish Ji. Muslim community did not do justice with the JD(U). Now, I am not in a position to request Nitish Ji to give any special attention for the cause of Muslim community. Muslims themselves have created such a situation that today they have no representation in the cabinet,” Akhtar advised TOI on Tuesday.


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