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Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan today blamed the opposition parties in Bihar for the recent communal flare ups witnessed in various parts of the state and claimed there was a conspiracy to defame the Nitish Kumar government in the state and the BJP.
"A smear campaign is on against the BJP. Why did not riots take place in Bihar between 2005 and 2013 when Nitish Kumar ran the government with the BJP? Why communal tensions erupted only after he severed ties with the RJD and the Congress? There is clearly a conspiracy by the opposition parties," Paswan said.
"Bihar has never known what communalism is. It is the land of Jayaprakash Narayan. If anybody alleges that (BJP leader and deputy chief minister) Sushil Kumar Modi is communal, nobody is going to believe him," Paswan, whose Lok Janshakti Party is an NDA constituent, said.
In his speech, Kumar spoke on Swachh Bharat Mission and Mahatma Gandhi's emphasis on the virtue of cleanliness.
"We intend to make the new generation aware of Gandhi's thoughts. Even if a small percentage of our youths become familiar with Gandhi, it will go a long way in ridding our society of violence," he said.
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