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RSS raps BJP Bihar unit for minority appeasement

patna Updated: Oct 14, 2009 01:29 IST
Rai Atul Krishna

The RSS has accused the BJP’s Bihar unit of appeasing religious minorities just for staying in power in the state.

Suresh ‘Bhaiyaji’ Joshi, general secretary of the RSS, a Hindu cultural body that controls the BJP, made it clear at a meeting in Rajgir, 110 km southeast of Patna, that the RSS was not happy with the state BJP’s role.

He said on Sunday that the Janata Dal (United)-BJP government in Bihar should not have agreed to allot a 100-acre plot of land for setting up a branch of the Aligarh Muslim University in Kishanganj.

The border district of Kishanganj has been struggling with infiltration from Bangladesh for quite some time.

The Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the BJP’s student wing, held a protest march against infiltration in Kishanganj on December 17 last year.

Joshi said at the end of the three-day meeting of the RSS’ Akhil Bharatiya Karyakari Mandalas (all India executive bodies) that the BJP’s spine had “turned into rubber”.

But the RSS rates chief minister Nitish Kumar of JD(U) quite highly as a leading BJP ally. The choice of Rajgir as the venue of the meeting is being interpreted by experts as an expression of the RSS’ strategy to make Bihar the next launching pad.