Lucknow: Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said that Muslims are treated as bandhua mazdoor (bonded labourer) by various opposition parties to garner their votes by putting them in “the fear of the BJP.” He slammed the opposition for their “mindset” towards the Muslims, and questioned them as to why they never made a Muslim a state chief minister in either UP or Bihar. Lok Janshakti Party chief was addressing a gathering here at a function to mark the 69th birth anniversary of Apna Dal (Sonelal) stalwart Sonelal Patel.
He is quoted to have said, “I want to convey to the Muslims that till the fear of BJP is being shown to them (by various political parties), they should clearly understand that they are being treated as bonded labourers.”
He asked, are the Muslims bandhua mazdoor (bonded labourers) that they will be voting only for Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mayawati or the Congress?
Paswan revealed that he had once advocated for a Muslim chief minister in Bihar, but Lalu Yadav wanted to make Rabri Devi as the chief minister of Bihar. He tried to convince Muslims that the BJP is the only bonafide as a party to protect the interest of all, including those of Muslims.