Members of the Muslim community on Monday took out a procession in Kolkata demanding that the panchayat election dates be rescheduled so that they do not coincide with the fasting month of Ramzan. They later submitted a memorandum to the State Election Commission demanding rescheduling of the poll dates again.
We are not against the five-phase polling,but we are against voting taking place during the month of Ramzan. Polls are usually associated with violence and at a time when Muslims will be observing fast,such environment would pose problems. We are deeply worried, said All India United Democratic Front chief Siddiqullah Chowdhury who led the procession.
Blaming both the Mamata Banerjee-government and the State Election Commission for ignoring the issue when the Supreme Court on Friday heard their arguments before deciding on the poll dates,Chowdhury said they would agree to the apex courts order in the even it sticks to the previous dates.
Chowdhury,who is also the state general secretary of Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind,said his organisation would also be writing a letter to the Governor and the Chief Minister regarding this.
He claimed that Pandey had earlier assured that their demands will be looked into. Chowdhury,however,said Muslims are not going to boycott the poll.