Addressing rallies Wednesday within the Seemanchal region within the state’s northeast, which features a sizeable minority community, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar reached bent Muslims, addressing fears over the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and reminding the crowds that his government had increased salaries for teachers in madrasas.
With the region seeing widespread protests against the CAA, Nitish said at Kishanganj that his government had worked to “spread love, peace and brotherhood”, and “nobody had the strength to send anyone out of the country”.
Attacking those “spreading rumours on the CAA and NRC (National Register of Citizens)”, the JD(U) leader said, “Who keeps spreading misinformation, keeps talking rubbish? Who will send anyone out of the country? Nobody has the strength to try to to that to our people. Sab Hindustan ke hain, sab Bharat ke hain. Kaun isko bahar karega (All belong to Hindustan, all belong to Bharat. Who will throw anyone out)?”
Nitish said his government had always “worked for an environment of affection , brotherhood, compassion”. “We tried to unite everyone. Some people want that society keeps fighting, (so that) there’s no got to work. We keep working, that’s our goal. When everyone lives in peace, love and brotherhood, only then will society proceed , people will proceed , development will happen.”
At a rally in Araria, Nitish said only his government had thought of teachers in madrasas. “Earlier, did teachers in madrasas get anything? Sanskrit teachers and madrasa teachers had gone to Patna… it had been not our government then… Did they get anything?… The salaries that are given to government schoolteachers, that’s what we give to teachers in madrasas.”
With Asaduddin Owaisi’s AIMIM expected to form gains within the region, Nitish urged the gang to think “carefully” about “how much work” his government had done. “Earlier what percentage madrasas were recognised? what percentage more madrasas did we recognise?”
Nitish also focused in his speeches on his government’s work for marginalised communities also as women, considered his loyal constituency.
In Araria, he said, “Those that were on the margins, we made special policies for them. Please see what respect women got before. there have been so few public representatives. once we got a chance , we gave them 50% reservation in panchayati raj institutions and municipal corporations. 3 times elections have happened and appearance at the high number of girls (participating)… within the same way, for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and very Backward Classes, we gave reservations. And in EBCs, most are included, from every religion.”
Nitish added that when he first came to power, children from marginalised communities wouldn’t even attend school. “We found that these were either from the Mahadalit or minority communities… We worked to urge them to high school and created tola sevaks, markaz sevaks, we put 30,000 people to work… Now there’s nobody overlooked , on the brink of nothing.”