The JD(U) on Friday promised to stick to its ideology of zero-tolerance to communal strife, and made clear its disagreement with ally BJP over contentious issues like Ram Temple, uniform civil code and abrogation of Article 370.
"Our stand on these issues is clear. We will maintain zero-tolerance to communal strife and never subscribe to any divisive view on issues like Ram Temple, uniform civil code or abrogation of Article 370," Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar told reporters while releasing JD(U)'s election manifesto with party president Sharad Yadav.
Stating that the manifesto was a "visionary charter of performance, promises and pledges for a new India", Kumar said the party would try to ensure "inclusive growth".
"If we share the government (with BJP), we would like to create an inclusive society where growth benefits all," the Chief Minister said.
The manifesto has special focus on reversal of neglect of minorities, removal of gender-based educational handicap, expansion of education among Muslims, particularly the weaker sections, and implementation of the Sachar Committee and Rangnath Mishra Commission's recommendations for the minority welfare.