West Bengal: 10,000 Muslim clerics to hit the streets against Mamata Banerjee

Members of around 40 organisations of imams and moizzins are likely to participate in the meeting organised by the ABMYF at Rani Rashmoni Avenue.

Written by Arshad Ali | Kolkata | Published:October 31, 2016 1:35 am
Mamata, Mamata Banerjee, muslim clerics, muslim clerics protest, November 8 protest, muslim clerics west bengal, west bengal news, india news Senior members of a participating association said Mamata had also proposed land and home for imams which they had not received either. (Source: File/PTI)

Over 10,000 Muslim clerics are expected to hit the streets on November 8 in protest against ‘unfulfilled promises’ of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

“The CM had started giving an honorarium to imams and moizzins of Rs 2,500 and Rs 1,000 respectively. We believe that the amount, which was already too small, had no appreciation in over five years now,” Md Kamruzzaman, general secretary of the All Bengal Minority Youth Federation (ABMYF), told The Indian Express. “There are instances when funds have stopped for six months and then resumed on the seventh month. No one seems to know what happened to that money,” he added.

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Members of around 40 organisations of imams and moizzins are likely to participate in the meeting organised by the ABMYF at Rani Rashmoni Avenue.

Senior members of a participating association said Mamata had also proposed land and home for imams which they had not received either. “Mamata had promised that imams would receive homes under the ‘Nijo Jomi Nijo Griho’ housing scheme but no imam has received anything so far. The process of giving money to 52,000 imams should also be streamlined,” said ATM Rafiqul Hassan, president of All Bengal Imam and Moizzin Samity. “The amount of Rs 2,500 is too small. It should be raised to at least Rs 20,000 for imams and Rs 10,000 for moizzins,” said Shafique Qasmi, imam, Nakhoda Masjid.

Syed Md Nurur Rahman Barkati, imam of Tipu Sultan Masjid, who is known for his proximity to the CM, said, “We can always say that the government should pay more attention towards this but I don’t think it is sensible to demand anything because it is only a favour that the government has been doing and that too being so cash-strapped.”

Qari Fazlur Rehman, the imam who leads the largest Muslim congregation during Eid namaz on Red Road, said, “The promises of homes for imams she made before coming to power should be kept.”

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    Priyanshi
    Nov 4, 2016 at 1:46 pm
    Cant you muslim want free money when you arw capable to work. Dont listen to this mullas and imams. We dont work to feed them
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      Tony
      Oct 31, 2016 at 2:04 am
      She is your didi
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        Abu Mounir
        Nov 1, 2016 at 3:42 am
        Ridiculous! A cheap and ill-timed gimmick. Who is leading this movement? The opposition leaders ? Whoever it is, gullible Muslim mes are again trapped into making a fool of themselves. And what an issue? Land and pay for imams ! Is this the time to make such demands? The w house is shaking and you are worried about such niceties? Look at what is happening to minorities/dalits across the country? In West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is taking positive steps for the deprived/downtrodden sections...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are far important matters in the state besides pay/land/home for imams.lt;br/gt;Is it not good enough that the CM has taken the decision to utilise waqf resources to pay imams/muezzins.lt;br/gt;Rather thank hoping for government bounties, true Muslims should work hard and be happy with whatever that comes from Allah! They should look to Him only for sustenance through hard and honest work ?
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          Abu Mounir
          Nov 1, 2016 at 3:47 am
          Ridiculous! A cheap and ill-timed gimmick. Who is leading this movement? The opposition leaders ? Whoever it is, gullible Muslim mes are again trapped into making a fool of themselves. And what an issue? Land and pay for imams ! Is this the time to make such demands? The w house is shaking and you are worried about such niceties? Look at what is happening to minorities/dalits across the country? In West Bengal Mamata Banerjee is taking positive steps for the deprived/downtrodden sections...lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;There are far important matters in the state besides pay/land/home for imams.lt;br/gt;Is it not good enough that the CM has taken the decision to utilise waqf resources to pay imams/muezzins.lt;br/gt;Rather thank hoping for government bounties, true Muslims should work hard and be happy with whatever that comes from Allah. They should look to Him only for sustenance through hard and honest work.
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            Ahsan Ali
            Oct 31, 2016 at 7:28 pm
            I didn't support this type of demand by the organization of imams and mouzins ,I feel that they must come forward to protest against the failure of government to protect the minorities life and casualties which recently happened in w Bengal,
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              Mohammad Azharuddin
              Oct 30, 2016 at 9:37 pm
              Acts of worship cannot be the means to the end of achieving an income.
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                shiv
                Nov 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm
                3 crores Muslim terrorists came through infiltration from Bangladesh.
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                  shiv
                  Nov 7, 2016 at 5:38 pm
                  need to bombard these Muslim bastis to protect innocent people.
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                    Manoj
                    Dec 1, 2016 at 7:46 pm
                    Very disgusting news to hear.lt;br/gt;How can Bengalis even accept this *** paying the mullahs. This isn't a case of giving scholarships to poor meritorious students
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                      Indian
                      Oct 31, 2016 at 3:39 pm
                      And who is going to pay that money to government? Any idea? This is that hard work money if a common people. 2500 to 20000...really for doing what ? Nothing. Where are these guys that time when Malda incident happened? Where are these guys when several riots happened in West bengal during Durga Puja. Now you people wants to protest for getting free money from the general public. Need money then earn it through hard work. Not by begging.
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                        Supriyo Das
                        Nov 1, 2016 at 3:24 am
                        think beyond your community, think about west bengal, i would have liked it had they came out i protest for lack of development in west bengal
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                          PG
                          Oct 31, 2016 at 9:14 pm
                          These guys only open their mouths when they have something to gain. Malda? Silence. Denied payment? RAAWRRR!
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                            DR. MD.
                            Nov 2, 2016 at 3:19 am
                            A couple of years back World Bank defined simply poverty ' Minority gain, majority loss'. The Imams and Moizzins Bhata(Honorarium) will not solve the socio-economic problem of 5200 enrolled Imams in Bengal in long run. It may further encourage poor muslims in Bengal to take interest in traditional madarsha education rather than modern education system for availing the Imam Bhatas. The best option to facilitate to enhance skill of our Young Imams under Skill India Mission and provide banking loan to start self business as an positive impact in long run to their family in particular and poor muslim society in general.
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                              B
                              Nov 15, 2016 at 12:18 pm
                              These s are going on strike to get more of what was more of a goodwill gift? What right do they have to make this demand from Mamata? This is the fallout of the demonetization. She will never be able to keep this promise! Hilarious!
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                                Shivam
                                Nov 1, 2016 at 10:21 am
                                It's only a matter of 3-4 decades before Hindus are made to pay for their incompetence and delusions. Rightfully so.
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                                  subrata
                                  Oct 31, 2016 at 8:51 am
                                  Momota ,s political line divisive politics.such approach is benefial for a relatively short period.further this approach of governance can not ensure good governancelt;br/gt;,the sufferers will be public in general.This lady is after destroying the social fabric of the State rapidly.
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