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Muslim leaders throw weight behind Lalu

Anand Mohan Sahay in Patna | January 17, 2005 14:01 IST

Muslimbodies in Bihar have expressed their prefererence forRashtriya JanataDalsupremo Lalu Prasad Yadav over the Lok Janshakti Party led by RamVilas Paswan in the forthcoming assembly elections.

Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi along with several other Muslim organisations have called on Muslims in Bihar not to blindly support Paswan.

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Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi, which enjoys support among some sections of Muslims in the state, hinted thatLaluwas the first choice for Muslims compared to Congress and Paswan.

"We would like to give it (RJD government) one more chance with the hope that it will work for overall development," said Jamaat-e-Islami Hindi leaders in a special meetin Patnato discuss the organisation's strategy for the assembly elections.

The line adopted by Paswanwill prove costly for the state's secular government, Jamaat president Abdul Haque Ansari told

He said that the LJP could prove fatalfor secularism asPaswan preferredpersonal gain over social causes.

By deciding to fight the polls on its ownLJPhas virtually sided with the communal forces," he said.

Abdul Haque Ansari said he was worried about the differences among the United Progressive Alliance partners Congress and the RJD, however was more concerned about LJP's decision to contest on its own.

"It would have been better if Paswan had stayed in the UPA," he said.

The Jamaat appealed to the people, particularly Muslims and Dalits, to unite and reject the communal forces.

The Jamaat meeting was attended by several Muslim organisations including Emarate Sharia, Jamiat Ahle Hadith and some members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board.

TheMuslim leadersexpressed satisfaction over the 15-year-old Lalu rule, patting it forlargely maintaining the secular fabric of the state.

The underprivileged Yadav community and Muslims constitute over 30 per cent of Bihar's 80.3 million people and form the backbone of RJD's support base.

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