Mayawati urges the Central Government to take immediate remedial measures
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati has taken strong exception to the “step-motherly” treatment meted out to the Haj pilgrims from the State. She has urged the Central Government to take immediate remedial measures, which would ensure the pilgrims to undertake the annual pilgrimage.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister's annoyance was related to thousands of pilgrims from the State being stranded and unable to board the flight due to last minute changes made by the Central Haj Committee.
Several pilgrims were unable to board their flight from Varanasi on Friday, as much to their chagrin, they found their names not included in the list of passengers approved by the Central Haj Committee.
This was despite the fact that they had completed all the pre-travel formalities.
In a letter to the External Affairs Minister, S.M. Krishna, Ms. Mayawati has drawn his attention to the date of the haj flights from Varanasi being rescheduled by the Central Haj Committee without informing the Uttar Pradesh Government.
The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister said the date of the departure of haj flights from Varanasi from October 18 to November 6 had been fixed by the Central Haj Committee. However, the date of the flights were preponed from October 9 to October 28 without prior information to the State Government, Ms. Mayawati said.
She added that 30 per cent of the total number of haj travellers who undertook the annual pilgrimage belonged to Uttar Pradesh and the arbitrary move of the Central Haj Committee had angered thousands of the pilgrims. Ms. Mayawati urged Mr. Krishna to take up the issue with the Chairperson of the Haj Committee, Mohsina Kidwai.
About 16,000 haj travellers countrywide have been affected. According to the Chief Executive Officer of the U.P. Haj Committee, MAA Khan, the number of such travellers from the State would be around 5,000.