Patna: The minorities, especially Muslims are feeling 'alienated', and had never felt a sense of belonging in Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Abdul Bari Siddiqui, a minister in Nitish Kumar cabinet and senior Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said.
"People had expectations that Modi will take everyone along after becoming prime minister. They had faith in his 'Sab ka saath, Sab ka vikaas' slogan. But, the way things stand today, the minorities never had a feeling that the prime minister also belong to them", he said while talking to RTI activist and freelance journalist Afroz Alam Sahil.
Stating that minorities were accused of 'Love Jihad', called 'Haramzade' for not voting to BJP and threatened to go to Pakistan, the Bihar Finance Minister said, "This gave rise to a feeling among the minorities, especially the Muslims, that their rights as defined in the constitution are threatened under the Modi government."
Abdul Bari Siddiqui also said that during the RJD rule in Bihar from 1990 to 1995, percentage of Muslims in the state government jobs had improved. It declined when Nitish Kumar formed the government in alliance with the BJP.
"The Grand Alliance government should now look for the reasons why Muslims are lagging behind the development index", he said.
Stating that about 90% population of the state lives in villages, he said, "The Grand Alliance government will make it sure that the benefits of government schemes through skill development reach to them."