Has Ahmed Patel addressed Cong in Gujarat? asks Nitish Kumar

Has Ahmed Patel addressed Cong in Gujarat? asks Nitish Kumar

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday took a jibe at the Congress's organisational election and said the post of party president had always been reserved.

Though he later clarified that he had nothing to do with the internal matters of the Congress, he did question his estranged ally why it was, of late, scared of putting up Muslim candidates in Gujarat.

"Have you ever heard any prominent Muslim Congress leaders campaigning in Gujarat? Or for that matter, have you ever seen Ahmed Patel canvassing for party nominees? I have been told that not many Muslims have been given the ticket. Besides, Muslim leaders are not allowed to address the crowd during campaigning," said Nitish, taking a jibe at the Congress's soft-Hindutva approach.

"No matter how much the Congress tries, the BJP will register a comfortable victory in Gujarat as the people relate themselves with the son of the soil Narendra Modi who rose to become PM," Nitish continued showering praise for his ruling partner.

Without mentioning Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi's name, Nitish said the stand of the Congress that "he (Rahul) is a Hindu who wears jenau (sacred thread) is an absurd logic. This way the Congress is demeaning other Hindus who do not wear jenau."

Nitish, however, favoured Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan who, a day ago, said he would write a letter to the prime minister to bring in a constitutional amendment for introducing reservation in the private sector. "It's true that nowadays private sector offers more jobs. I fully support Paswanji on this issue," Nitish said.

The chief minister also said that he always supported reservation in promotions.

"We had introduced this provision for SCs and STs in Bihar. But the decision was struck down by the high court. Now the matter is pending before the apex court," Nitish said, adding that the purpose of the quota system was to create a condition where every segment of society could be part of the mainstream.

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