No holiday for Muslim employees in Rajasthan this Bakr Eid?
As per reports, the BJP government in Rajasthan has released a circular to celebrate the birth anniversary of Jan Sangh ideologue Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyay on Sep 24. The government has directed the colleges and schools in the state to be present in a blood donation campaigns in all government and private colleges on Sep 25.
The celebrations are likely to coincide with the Eid-ul-Zuha or Bakr Eid celebration which might fall on either Sep 24 or 25, depending upon Moon citing. If the festival falls on 24th then national holiday of thousands of Muslims in the state will be cancelled.
As per reports, the state government order dated Sep 2 directs principals of all government as well as private colleges to not grant leave to any staff member on Sep 24.
The order also restrains college staff from leaving the college headquarters around the time, reports said.
This move has irked Muslim groups who say the dates were likely to coincide with Eid-ul-Zuha or Bakr Eid and they are terming it a violation of human rights of Muslim employees.
Eid-ul-Zuha is the biggest festival for Muslims and an official event that day would prevent thousands of Muslims from celebrating it.
The opposition Congress has criticised the ruling Vasundhara Raje Government after such reports emerged.
This incident has once again given ammunition to the Congress and other opposition parties to target the BJP, which is already facing criticism over banning meat sale in Mumbai for 4 days until ritual fasting of Jains comes to an end on September 18