MP opposition leader says state neglecting minority community

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Bhopal, Jun 5: The Leader of the Opposition in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh said on Sunday, June 5 that the Centre should direct the BJP-led Madhya Pradeh government to implement schemes for the welfare of the minorities without any discrimination.

Ajay Singh told PTI that there were a number of things during the BJP rule which showed that the state government was not seriously interested in the welfare of minorities.

He exemplified his point saying that it was announced in the assembly that the state government would not accept recommendations of the Sachar Committee.

"If this was not the violation of minority rights, then what is it," he said.

He said that the Centre had given its approval for the opening of branches of the Aligarh Muslim University in West Bengal, Kerala, Maharashtra, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh. "While the four states had allotted land for the AMU branch, the State government here has not taken any initiative in the matter," he said.

"Similarly, despite assurances, nothing has been done to allot land for the construction of the Haj House in the state," he added.

Ajay Singh said that the post of the chairman of the Madhya Pradesh Minorities Commission had been lying vacant for the last 30 months.

He also alleged that sympathisers of the Congress party from the minority community were sent to jail, by making false cases against them. He demanded an enquiry in these cases and the innocent be freed.

The Leader of Opposition also said that Urdu language was suffering in the state, as the Madhya Pradesh Urdu Academy was being neglected by the government.

Ajay said that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh had till now failed to follow the Supreme Court on raising salaries of Imams and Muazzins.


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