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BJP trains gun on another Mamata sop for Muslims

To move HC over building hospital for Muslims in Bhangore

Written by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: September 3, 2013 2:27:23 am

The West Bengal BJP Monday hailed the Calcutta High Court order terming allowances for imams and muezzins as unconstitutional and said it will now move the court against the ruling Trinamool Congress government’s move to build a hospital for Muslims in Bhangore.

“This is not only immoral but illegal as well. India is a secular country and all the religion should be treated on par,”state BJP president Rahul Sinha said.

The party,which had through its state general secretary Asim Sarkar,challenged the decision of awarding allowances to imams and muezzins,said,“The intention of the state government is only to appease Muslims for their votes.”

“ We spoke against the move as it could have spurred purohits,the Christian priests and other religious heads to seek similar allowance. The act was not only communal but also anti-national,” Sinha said,adding that the Muslims in the state “are also happy about the decision as it went against their religion.”

“We had written to the imams to refuse the allowance and many did so. The high court decision is a slap on the government’s face,” Sinha said,adding the party had moved the High Court soon after the government announced its decision in April last year.

“At that time,neither the CPM nor the Congress cared to speak against the move,proving once again that whatever they say,they are actually worried about the Muslim votes and would not risk losing it,” Sinha said on the sidelines of a function where members of Janata Party in Bengal were officially inducted into the BJP after the merger of the two parties.

Sinha also said the Centre had sent Rs 4,000 crore for repairs of roads across the state,which are in a terrible condition but nothing had been done about it.

“We are giving the state government an ultimatum of seven days within which the repair works for roads should begin. “If not,then we will start a protest from September 9. Our party members would start farming and fishing in the craters on roads across the state as a mark of protest,” he said.

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