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BJP steers clears of taking side on AMU campus in Bihar

india Updated: Oct 14, 2009 20:59 IST

Caught between RSS and alliance partner JD (U) on allotment of land to Aligarh Muslim University to set up a branch in Bihar, BJP on Wednesday steered clear of taking side on the issue and said it favoured education for minorities.

“The RSS had only flagged the issue of land allotment at Kishanganj district of Bihar for AMU’s branch as the area is near the Bangladesh border,” a BJP leader said here.

BJP is a partner in JD (U)-led ruling coalition in Bihar.

To a poser on Sangh’s appreciation of Home Minister P Chidambaram’s stand against naxalism, he said it was for the first time that the Congress-led government has realised that “naxals were “out to destroy India...that realisation has been shared by RSS,” he said.

The BJP leader said even the Prime Minister has termed naxalism as a threat to national security.

BJP has been attacking the Congress-led government for its stand on naxal violence charging it with going soft on the issue.

During its just-concluded national working committee meeting, RSS had slammed the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar for alloting land to AMU to set up a branch in Kishanganj. It also appreciated Chidambaram’s efforts to deal with naxalites.

Asked about the Sangh’s oblique appreciation of Congress leader Eahul Gandhi’s visits to villages, the BJP leader said the party was not against anyone visiting rural areas “but it should result in development”.