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Shiv Sahay Singh
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Jamiat Ulama-e-hind, which had supported Trinamool Congress, feels let down

Muslims taking out a rally in Kolkata on Thursday demanding reservation for the community in West Bengal.Photo: Sushanta Patronobish
Muslims taking out a rally in Kolkata on Thursday demanding reservation for the community in West Bengal.Photo: Sushanta Patronobish

Jamiat Ulama-e-hind, which had supported the Trinamool Congress, feels it has been let down by the West Bengal Government’s policies related to Muslims.

 At a rally in Kolkata on Thursday, Leader of the organisation Siddiqullah Chowdhury, who had stood by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the agitation against forcible land acquisition at Singur as well as during the movement in Nandigram, accused the Trinamool Government of being “arrogant” and “doing nothing for Muslims at the ground level.”

 “Despite repeated promises of providing reservation to the Muslims in West Bengal, the Trinamool government has done little and is fooling the people,” he said.

Mr. Chowdhury is also the State president of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF).

Raising the pitch against the government ahead of rural polls in the State where about 27 per cent of the electorate is Muslims is being considered politically significant. The organisation would organise protests in November if the State government failed to come up with reservation in government jobs and opportunity in educational institutes based on the population of Muslims, he said.

State Secretary of the AIUDF Rabindra Debnath said, “It is time the government stops playing with the sentiments of Muslims by providing honorarium to imams.”

 “The Trinamool is taking the support of Muslims for granted. They think that if Muslims have turned against the Left parties they have no option but to support the Trinamool,” Mr. Chowdhury said.

 Raising the demand to amend the Citizenship Amendment (2003) Act, he said there were about 70 lakh Hindus in West Bengal who do not have citizenship rights and the government should ensure their rights as they were living here for decades.

 Referring to the proposed Communal Violence Bill, he said the Trinamool, with 19 members in the Lok Sabha and significant presence in the Rajya Sabha, had done nothing to speed up legislation.


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