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Linking Muslim LS candidate to ISIS exposes BJP's communal mindset: RJD

IANS  |  Patna 

BJP chief Nityanand Rai's remarks linking a Muslim Lok Sabha candidate for Sunday's by-election with the Islamic State has "exposed the communal mindset" of the ruling party, the said on Saturday.

Rai on Friday sparked a major row when he told an election rally that if RJD's won the by-poll in Bihar's Araria district, it would become the global terror group's safe hub.

The Araria Lok Sabha constituency, where some 41 per cent of electors are Muslim, goes to polls along with two assembly seats on Sunday.

Senior said that in the past also BJP leaders had made such kind of statements to polarise voters in the state, recalling Amit Shah's 2015 statement that if his party lost the assembly polls, firecrackers would burst in celebration in

"To palarise voters in favour of the BJP, stated during campaign then that if the BJP is defeated and does not form a government, firecrackers will be burst in Pakistan," said Tiwary.

Rai in his campaign speech said nationalism would be strengthened if BJP's was elected to the Lok Sabha.

Interestingly, was BJP ally JD-U's till last month when he quit and joined the to contest the by-election. The Araria Lok Sabha seat fell vacant after his father Mohammad Taslimuddin, RJD MP, died last year.



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First Published: Sat, March 10 2018. 17:16 IST