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Bihar CM Nitish Kumar likely to consolidate Muslim vote bank after his Pak visit

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By Giridhar Jha

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar 's ongoing Pakistan visit is likely to further consolidate his Muslim vote bank in Bihar, giving a jolt to RJD chief Lalu Prasad who is trying to win back the support of the minorities.

On Tuesday, President Asif Ali Zardari hosted a dinner in honour of Nitish while cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan organised a reception for him which was attended by the who's who of Islamabad.

At the dinner, Zardari appreciated Nitish's "Bihar model of development" for its emphasis on social sector development, particularly in the fields of education, healthcare and community development.

Zardari also hailed the rich cultural and civilisational heritage of Bihar and called for greater cooperation and exchanges with the Bihar government in diverse areas.

The banquet was followed by a reception of Nitish and his 11-member delegation by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Khan.

Khan had invited Nitish to his Banigalla residence to share the secrets of good governance with his party leaders, intellectuals and high-ranking former bureaucrats.

Nitish also took part in a round-table discussion on the "growth story of Bihar" organised by the Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

Nitish said his government had restored law and order with better coordination between the executive and the judiciary. He also talked about speedy trials of criminals for restoring the confidence of the people in the democratic process. "We have posted the data of criminals on websites for the public and the government officials," he said.

"As part of our efforts to control corruption, we seized huge bungalows that were built by a former bureaucrat and a former senior police official," Nitish said.

The tremendous response to Nitish's Pakistan trip has made his party leaders happy back home in Bihar. Janata Dal-United spokesman Neeraj Kumar said the leaders and the people of Pakistan were appreciative of the CM's steps to maintain communal harmony, ensure inclusive growth and provide good governance in the state.

Political observers believe Nitish's visit will earn him more admirers in Bihar, especially among the minorities. "The people of Pakistan are aware of Nitish's stand on secularism... They also know how he has dealt with the Narendra Modi issue,," a JD-U leader said.

(Courtesy: India Today)
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  1. After columbus discovered America, this is the history repeat when our great grand CM discovered cordiality in the hearts of Pakistanis.An achievement worth headlines in all pre-paid media.Sitting with Imran Khan or Zardari is not a Picture perfect to impress muslim voters.While hundreds of Indian muslim youth are behind the bars as terrorist suspect ,a gift Pakistan never fails to shower India with. NK is all set to champion the Indo-Pak relations on the basis of his nexus with the Zardari , the captain of global corruption. When shall we ever see through the gimmicks and hold these criminals by throat?