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Monazir quits JDU for neglect

Patna, July 1: Monazir Hassan, one of the Muslim faces in the JDU, today resigned from the party in protest against neglect of genuine workers.

Speaking to The Telegraph, the former Begusarai MP said: Today, I sent my resignation letter to the national president of the party, Sharad Yadav, and a copy to state party chief Bashishtha Narayan Singh.

Though the JDU has not reacted to his resignation, insiders said it might trigger more Muslim leaders joining the BJP. Sources said Monazir might join the BJP tomorrow.

Monazir, in his early 50s, was denied a ticket for Begusarai by the JDU this general election. It went to the CPI.

His wife, Shabnam Praveen, contested bypoll for the Sahebpur Kamal Assembly seat. She lost.

The former MP said he had quit the JDU in protest against the neglect of genuine party workers and complete lack of internal democracy in the party.

He added: However, my main reason for quitting the JDU is to challenge the so-called secular parties. It is the secular parties, which are responsible for the present plight of Muslims. Stating that secularism was a non-issue in politics, the former minister in Rabri and Nitish governments stressed that he was not concerned with Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad joining hands.

Monazir was among the first Muslim leaders to quit the RJD and join Nitish in 2004.

Political observers thought he would quit the JDU when he was denied a Lok Sabha ticket. However, at that time he was pacified his wife was given a ticket for the bypoll.

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