All India Congress Committee’s minority cell chairman Khursheed Ahmed Sayeed Sunday said Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee are like “brothers and sisters” and claimed the duo helped the minorities only “theoretically”.
Sayeed, who held a meeting with the district minority cell members, alleged that as against Chief Minister Banerjee’s claim of having done “99 per cent of the work for minorities”, the “statistics tell a different story”.
“After speaking to members from the minority community, I feel that (BJP’s PM candidate) Modi and Mamata are brother and sister. Both talk a lot about the development of the minorities but when it comes to implementing the projects, hardly any work gets done. Lands have not been allotted for the proposed schools and colleges. Both are only interested in getting votes but hardly do anything for the community’s development,” Sayeed said.
He said the Bengal government’s opposition to the communal violence bill proved its double standards. “Only the Bengal and UP governments opposed the bill. The so-called secular governments say a lot of things regarding the welfare of the minorities but when it comes to supporting something as concrete as this Bill, they back out, fearing they would be exposed,” he said.
He also alleged that the TMC government was not spending the entire money that the Centre was allotting. “Completely opposite to what its manifesto claims, the state government is not fully utilising the funds released from the Centre under the Multi-sectoral Development Programme.”
Sayeed termed Modi’s candidature for the prime ministership as “daydream”. “There is an 87-year-old prime minister in waiting (referring to BJP leader L K Advani) and Modi would be another one. Only a sensitive person, and not a tapori, can become the prime minister,” he said.
Sayeed said there was a need for Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Parsis “to unite at a national level” to give the name minority community “its right meaning”, and allow “their problems to be looked into in that fashion”. Sayeed was joined by Congress MP Deepa Dasmunsi and senior party leader Manas Bhuniya.
“For the socio-economic development of minorities, the Centre introduced a 15-point programme similar to the one in a federal structure. It stressed on the local development of roads, drinking water, and health. But the TMC government only used about 36 per cent of the funds,” Bhuniya said, demanding the state government to declare how many from the minority communities were recruited for the posts of 40,000 constables, 17,000 primary teachers and others that were recently filled.
“The CM had said 10,000 madrasas would get recognition but so far only 600 have been recognised by her government,” he said.
On a different note, Dasmunsi said that changing the party’s state unit chief “would definitely be beneficial”, and claimed that the new PCC president, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, “hasn’t had enough time (with the post) yet”.