Dalit Muslims support Nitish Kumar

Patna, June 16 (IANS) Dalit Muslims marched here Sunday in support of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's likely decision to end his party's alliance with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Hundreds of Dalit Muslims took part in the march under the banner of Pasmanda Muslim Mahaj.

"We support Nitish Kumar for his daring move to oppose the BJP and its likely prime ministerial candidate, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi," said Mahtab Ansari, a member of the Mahaj.

Mahaj's two leaders - Ali Anwar Ansari and Saleem Perwej - are considered close to Nitish Kumar. Ali Anwar is a JD-U Rajya Sabha member and Perwej is a JD-U legislator.

The JD-U is expected to formally end its alliance with the BJP Sunday.

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