Din over Muslims issue

The ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Wednesday declared in the Assembly that the cause of the minority community has been served better by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati.

The ruling party accused the Samajwadi Party (SP) of misleading the Muslims and even mentioned that Mohammad Azam Khan (who has been expelled from the party) had also admitted that the SP had done nothing for the community.

The House witnessed acrimonious scenes as Muslim vote bank politics echoed. The SP MLAs, incensed at some remarks made by Irrigation and PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui, stormed the well and later staged a dharna and ignored the Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar's plea to return to their seats.

Mr. Rajbhar repeatedly asked the Leader of the Opposition, Shivpal Singh Yadav, to tell his MLAs to take their seats.

The Supplementary Grants of Rs.5,461 crore was passed by voice vote amidst the din even as the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress staged a walkout in protest against the funds sought for parks and memorials.

The Muslim issue figured during Zero Hour with the SP drawing attention towards the plight of the minority community and their abject living conditions in the light of the Sachar Committee report. .

While Imran Masood and Iqbal Mahmood demanded separate reservation for Muslims, Shadab Fatima said not a single Muslim was the district magistrate or DIG in the State. Ghazala Basheer wanted steps to be taken to protect the graveyards from encroachment and Arif Anwar Hashmi said the representation of Muslims in government jobs should increase.

Matters came to a head when the Irrigation Minister said there were 31 Muslim MLAs in the BSP (as compared to 15 in the SP) and he could not be stopped from speaking. Mr. Siddiqui's remark that he did not believe in “hallabol” (attack) saw the SP MLAs enter the well and raise slogans dubbing the Mayawati regime as “anti-Muslim.”

The agitated SP members staged a dharna following Parliamentary Affairs Minister Lalji Verma's comment that the Muslims had been misled by the Samajwadi Party.

The Assembly was adjourned for the day following the passage of the grants.

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