Ram Vilas Paswan Sounds Alarm against BJP's Lack of Inclusiveness

LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan holding a press conference in Patna on Sunday.

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Patna: Union Minister and Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) chief Ram Vilas Paswan, during a press conference in Patna on Sunday, had some advice for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), his ally in the NDA, saying the BJP was in the need of adjusting its attitude towards Muslims and Dalits or else it could end up paying price at the ballot box.

Paswan was speaking in the aftermath of recent by-elections in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh where the BJP suffered a major setback losing seats to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and Samajwadi Party (SP) candidates respectively.

The Union Consumer Affairs Minister said there was a need for 'course correction' within the BJP that must work towards becoming a more inclusive party where minorities and Dalits also felt at home.

Wondering why moderate BJP leaders were not speaking out against the party's hardline policies, Paswan said that people like Sushil Kumar Modi and Ram Kripal Yadav should step up to the plate and try to help correct the course of the party that, he felt, was not headed in the right direction.

"Both Modi and Yadav are moderate in their views but their voices get drowned in noise created by others," he said.

Cautioning BJP leaders to refrain from making incendiary comments, the LJP chief said that the BJP was a national party and the Prime Minister Narendra Modi was an excellent leader but it was in need of a course correction if it did not want a repeat of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.


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