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Kunhalikutty says the Government is preparing ground for dismissal of the board

  • Says such a move will be illegal
  • "Government's claims on Smart City exaggerated"

    KOZHIKODE: The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has warned it will organise strong agitations against the Government with the backing of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and religious organisations if the Wakf Board is dismissed.

    Announcing his party's protest against the move to disband the Wakf Board that was appointed by the previous UDF Government, IUML leader P.K. Kunhalikutty said that the party would actively participate in the State-wide protests to be organised by the UDF on Saturday to press for the resignation of Minister for Local Self-Government Paloli Mohammed Kutty. Warning the Government of strong protests if it dismissed the Wakf Board, Mr. Kunhalikutty, at a press conference here on Friday, said such a move would be illegal as well as an act of disrespect to community leaders who were members of the board.

    Mr. Kunhalikutty pointed out that as Minister in charge of Wakf matters in the UDF Government, he had allowed the Wakf Board that was appointed by the previous LDF Government to remain in office until it completed its term. He found it surprising that the State Government had chosen to throw political morality to the winds and was preparing the ground for dismissal of the board.

    He said if the Wakf Board were disbanded, it would also be challenged in court as the State Government had no authority to do so as the board was formed under the provisions of a Central Government legislation.

    Mr. Kunhalikuty said that it would not be correct to interpret what Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had said recently about judiciary as an attack on the judiciary.

    The Prime Minister was only speaking about judicial activism and not criticising the judiciary, he said defending the UDF's decision to organise protests against the CPI(M)'s alleged attempts to run down the judiciary.

    Mr. Kunhalikutty said the Government's claims to project as a major achievement its deal on the Smart City in Kochi were exaggerated.

    "By obstructing the UDF Government's attempts to set up the Smart City by a few years, the LDF has delayed development of IT industry in the State. Meanwhile, the IT industry has grown significantly in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. There is no significant gain for the State in the accord reached by the LDF Government on the Smart City project. The Government will have to make a heavy investment in cash in the project," he said.

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