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Former minister Jamshed Ashraf quits Bihar Assembly, JD(U)

Former Bihar minister in the Nitish Kumar government Jamshed Ashraf today resigned from the state Assembly and primary membership of ruling JD(U) after accusing the NDA ministry of being anti-minority.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2010 20:48 IST

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Former Bihar minister in the Nitish Kumar government Jamshed Ashraf today resigned from the state Assembly and primary membership of ruling JD(U) after accusing the NDA ministry of being anti-minority.

"The NDA government has meted out a step motherly treatment to Muslims during its four-and-a-half-year rule," he told a press conference here.

The minority community had bestowed trust in the chief minister but he failed to do anything to alleviate the conditions of the Muslims, Ashraf said.

The former excise minister rued that JD(U) had ignored the claim of the minority community in the biennial Rajya Sabha polls for five seats, one of which was held by Ejaj Ali.

The Chief Minister did not bother to give representation to Muslims in the Rajya Sabha, he said adding that it spoke about Kumar's "anti-minority" posture.

Ashraf, who was elected to the state assembly from Ballia constituency in Begusarai district, however, did not divulge his future course of action.

Meanwhile, the state assembly secretary Surendra Sharma said his office has not received the resignation of any member.

Kumar had earlier dropped Ashraf from his government in the wake of the controversy over his allegation that officers of the CM's secretariat were involved in a multi-crore scam in the excise department.

First Published: Jun 07, 2010 20:47 IST

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