PATNA: A week after forming government with the BJP in Bihar after dumping the Grand Alliance which was given the mandate to rule, chief minister Nitish Kumar has gone all out to woo the Muslim community by offering sops.
In a latest move, the chief minister has announced to give a scholarship of Rs 10,000 to the Muslim students clearing Fauquania (Matric) and Maulvi (Intermediate) examinations from the Madarsa Board.
As of now, such facilities were available to the students enrolled in only government schools.
The state government has also announced to construct buildings of Madarsas at government’s cost and provide basic facilities there, such arrangement for potable water, toilets libraries.
In another move, the government has hiked the money being given to Muslim women divorced by their husbands.
Now, the female divorcees will be paid Rs 25,000 instead of Rs 10,000 which they had been getting currently.
Although they have not expressed it in public, Muslim community in Bihar is said to be angry at the way Kumar broke alliance with Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) and then suddenly formed government with the BJP.
Muslims are believed to have strongly voted for the three-party Grand Alliance comprising the RJD led by Lalu Prasad, JD-U led by Kumar and the Congress party in the last assembly elections held in 2015 as GA emerged victorious at 178 seats out of total 243.