Published On:12 August 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Slammed by cleric at Eid meet, Mamata announces sops

Slammed by cleric at Eid meet, Mamata promptly announced reservation in higher education from 2014.

Kolkata: The Eid prayers on Red Road on Friday had some bitter truths for the Mamata Banerjee government.

Leading the biggest Eid prayer congregation, Maulana Qari Fazlur Rehman alleged in the presence of the chief minister that her government's promises for minorities "appear limited to papers, desk drawers and political rhetoric". "It has not reached the real beneficiaries. They are being deprived," he said.

The Maulana, who has been very forthright earlier too, pressed on: "The Trinamool Congress won the recently concluded panchayat elections. But how? Nearly 70% of Trinamool supporters and leaders killed in poll-related violence are Muslims. Their supreme sacrifice for the Trinamool should not be allowed to go to waste. It is time for the Trinamool to reciprocate." He demanded housing, schools and colleges in poor and backward Muslim areas, with emphasis on higher education.

Mamata promptly announced reservation in higher education from 2014. "We want youngsters and children from minority communities to advance in studies and become doctors, engineers and professionals in different fields," she said, promising "other business avenues" like shops and small-scale enterprises. "I attended the Eid celebration after prayers at Red Road on invitation of the Khilafat Committee. Eid Mubarak to you and everyone of your family," she said.

The Maulana said, "It has come to light that certain sections are working to disrupt communal harmony. Some incidents have been reported in Kolkata itself. In the Left Front rule such divisive elements could not rear their head. But in the last two years alone, one organisation has set up 1,600 branches statewide. Bengal has a strong history of communal harmony and it should remain that way. It is the foremost task of the government to ensure it."

Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed, who attended the Red Road prayers, tried to give a context to the Maulana's speech. "The very fact that Muslim men and women laid down their lives for the Trinamool proves they support us. I do not say the government has achieved everything but the ball has started rolling. It will take time to bear fruit. Today, police, homeguards and civil defence wings of the state government have recruited over 11%-15% Muslims. The government has sternly dealt with all problems that posed a threat to communal harmony," he said.

Nakhoda Mosque Imam Maulana Md Shafique said, "Backwardness and poverty are problems that don't have a quick-fix solution. It is for the government to ensure that policies and statements are implemented to help the real beneficiaries. I would appeal to the government to ensure that there is no let-up in these efforts. For, this is integral to Bengal's development."

The panchayat poll results have put a poser before the Trinamool. The party could not make much headway in the minority dominated districts of Malda, Murshidabad and North Dinajpur and in some pockets closer home—North and South 24-Parganas—where a sizable section of Muslims went with the Congress and the Left Front.

(Courtesy: The Times of India)

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