Hyderabad: A total of 5,873 pilgrims were selected for Haj 2010 through ‘qurrah' (draw of lots) held at Haj House here on Monday. This is in addition to selection of 154 pilgrims whose applications were rejected for the last three years. A wait list quota of 301 was also drawn.
Prakasham district was lucky as all the 132 candidates who applied got selected. In fact 32 seats remained unfilled here. Srikakulam district was other extreme as not a single person applied from here. As a result the surplus 39 seats of these two districts were redistributed among other districts.
The computerised selection of candidates was done in the presence of Minorities Welfare Minister Mohammed Ahmedullah. However, there was lot of resentment among unsuccessful applicants who questioned the mode of selection done at Central Haj Committee, Mumbai, and displayed here live on a screen.
Many alleged manipulation by the Haj Committee officials and felt preference ought to be given to senior citizens. Officials had a tough time explaining that the whole thing was done in fair and transparent manner.
Majlis legislator Mohd Virasat Rasool Khan, said the selection of 1,338 persons from Hyderabad when the number of applicants was 8584 was unfair.
His party MP Asaduddin Owaisi would try to secure more quotas for the twin cities, he said.
Mufti Khaleel Ahmed, member, Central Haj Committee, urged the unsuccessful candidates not to feel disheartened as they might get their chance next year.
Later speaking to presspersons, the Minister said a decision would be taken whether or not to send ‘Khadimul Hujjaj” (volunteers) for guidance of the pilgrims as there was criticism about their poor functioning. To a question he said the State Haj Committee would be constituted soon.
Mr. Ahmedullah said Mehmood Mian, Deputy Secretary Minorities Welfare, will visit Saudi Arabia for 21 days from June 19 for selection of buildings to accommodate the State pilgrims.