Chief Minister Anandiben Patel dedicated and performed the ground-breaking of a number of projects in Juhapura, the largest Muslim ghetto in the state, on Sunday. These included an Urban Health Centre (UHC), an anganwadi centre and a school building. Incidentally, this is for the first time that a chief minister has visited Juhapura, post-Godhra riots.
Patel spent about half an hour in the area and mingled freely with the local women asking about their issues. All three facilities have been constructed in the most modern way. Local councillor, including Congress councillor Haji Israr Baig Mirza and city Mayor Minaxi Patel were with the chief minister during her visit. A large number of local Muslim women gathered with flowers to welcome the chief minister. They also rushed to shake hands with the CM and got photographs clicked with her.
Asked if he apprehended any disciplinary action from his party for attending a ruling party function, a wary Mirza said, “l have attended a function concerning my ward and I don’t see anything unusual in this,” he said.
“Not only that, I have also expressed my displeasure that the AMC has ignored our request to name the urban health centre after Maulana Azad as is the practice in other places,” he said. “There was a time when Narendra Modi, before he became the Prime Minister, at a function in Kathlal last year did not tire of praising Azad and now his party is not ready to accept our demand to name an UHC after him. This dual policy of the BJP hurts us,” he said.