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We won’t allow anti-Muslim campaigns while in power with BJP: Janata Dal (United) leader K.C. Tyagi

The Janata Dal (United) will not allow the incoming National Democratic Alliance government at the Centre to propagate campaigns against Muslims and other minority communities, said the party’s national spokesperson KC Tyagi on Friday.

The Janata Dal (United) is a key ally in the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition.

“While we are there [in power with the BJP], no anti-Muslim, anti-minority campaign will be run,” Tyagi said, boasting of his party’s credibility among Muslims. In Bihar, JD(U) still has a considerable vote share among Muslims.

Responding to a question about whether the Janata Dal (United) would push for a more secular approach to governance after the BJP’s vitriolic Lok Sabha campaign targeting Muslims, Tyagi said, “The issues that were used to rake up muck in the elections should be forgotten.”

Tyagi said that his party’s candidate, Mujahid Alam, had placed second in the Lok Sabha polls from the Muslim-majority Kishanganj constituency in Bihar, ahead of the candidate fielded by the All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen. The Congress party’s Mohammed Jawed won from the constituency. Tyagi said that the Janata Dal (United) believes in “building a consensus for all communities and sects” and that, as part of the incoming Union government, it would advocate for broader discussions on policies instead of “enforcing them on people.”

On the matter of the Uniform Civil Code, Tyagi said that his party was “not anti-reform” but clarified that “all stakeholders, chief ministers, political parties, and sects should be consulted to prepare a draft” of the code.

The Uniform Civil Code, an ideological plank of the ruling BJP, is a proposed common set of laws governing marriage, divorce, succession, and adoption for all citizens. Currently, the personal affairs of different religious and tribal groups – except in Uttarakhand and Goa – are based on community-specific laws, largely derived from religious scripture.

Tyagi also clarified that his party opposes reservations in government jobs and education on the basis of religion. “If reservations are granted on the basis of religion, then the rights of socially and educationally backward Muslims would be snatched,” he said.

Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, had promised during election rallies to do away with “religion-based reservations”, specifically, “Muslim reservation,” if they elected.

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