September 1, 2016 2:37:02 am
SP and BSP leaders got embroiled in a prolonged argument in the legislative council on Wednesday, with each party trying to one up the other as a well-wisher of the Muslim community. The bone of contention between Leader of House Ahmed Hasan and Opposition leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui was an adjournment motion notice moved by BSP members claiming that the SP government had withdrawn leave facilities and vacations that the previous (BSP) government had introduced for madrasa teachers.
Speaking on admissibility of the notice, Siddiqui accused the state of a “step-motherly” attitude towards madrasa teachers, who were facing “harassment”. He said that the previous regime had introduced vacations in madrasas during Ramzan, which had now been abolished. He also claimed that the Akhilesh government had done away with 45-days’ paid leave for Haj, earlier granted to madrasa teachers who had completed 15 years of service.
In reply to the notice, Hasan said government-run madrasas never had vacations during Ramzan. Claiming that the BSP had no concern for madrasas or Muslims, he said the Mulayam government had first included Arbi madrasas in the aided list, while the BSP government had only made recommendations regarding salaries of madrasa teachers. He added that the SP government had recruited Urdu teachers and ensured 20 per cent participation of minorities in government welfare schemes.
Hasan added that IAS officer Anis Ansari (now retired) could have become chief secretary, but the BSP government did not appoint him. The BSP had formed governments in alliance with BJP thrice, and also changed the name of Akbarpur district to ‘Ambedkar Nagar’, he added.
Reacting to Hasan’s remark, Siddiqui said that Mustafa was DM of Pratapgarh during the rule of BSP, which had then sent a minister of the current SP government to jail. Siddiqui said Zuhair Bin Saghir, a young IAS officer, was appointed DM in the BSP government. He claimed that over a dozen Muslims officers were appointed as DMs during BSP’s rule. Siddqui also said the SP had joined hands with an ex-chief minister (Kalyan Singh), during whose regime the Babri mosque was demolished. Moreover, he claimed that the SP had sent to Rajya Sabha a leader who claims to have struck the first hammer on the mosque.
In reply, Hasan said that the SP government had given aid to 175 madrasas. “In your five-year rule, only one Muslim was appointed SP and transferred later. When netaji (Mulayam) had ordered firing (on kar sevaks), that was necessary for maintaining unity in the country and faith among Muslims,” Hasan said.
Siddiqui countered Hasan by alleging that during the wedding Mainpuri MP (Mulayam’s grandson Tej Pratap Singh Yadav), SP’s Muslim leaders were forced to leave the stage when the Prime Minister and several BJP leaders were present. Ultimately, Chairman Ramesh Yadav rejected the adjournment.
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