RJD releases manifesto tries to woo Muslims
Patna: Releasing party manifesto for Lok Sabha poll on Sunday, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) once again tried to win over minorities by promising them reservation in jobs and educational opportunities in government and semi-government institutions.
The party has also promised to implement the recommendations of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Mishra Committee. Urdu teachers will be compulsorily appointed in private schools, and an anti-riot force with proper representation of minorities in it would be formed.
The plethora of incentives for minorities was suggested in the manifesto considering the large chunk of minority votes (about 16.5 percent) in Bihar.
RJD continued to rule the state for 15 long years with the help of new social engineering better known as MY (Muslims and Yadavs) combination. Both together constituted about 30 percent of the voters in the state.
The party largely focused on the Bihar specific issues and promised to end contractual system of appointment and would regularize all para teachers, engineers, doctors and other govt employees working on contract for last couple of years. Their numbers is running in lakhs and they were agitating against Nitish government for last few years.
Releasing the party manifesto, RJD president Lalu Prasad said, “we will also bring changes into Article 341 to ensure scheduled caste status to Dalit Muslims and Dalit Christians."
"The cases of Muslim youths who are languishing in jail for a long time in the name of terrorism will be reviewed and efforts will be made to provide justice to them," Prasad said.
The party manifesto also mentioned about creating 'scheduled castes and scheduled tribes authority' in the state for their development.
The party also promised free electricity to farmers and Below Poverty Line (BPL) people.
The party manifesto also talked about making Patna University a Central University and opening of another AIIMS.