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Oppn seeks Haji dismissal

THE OPPOSITION in the Vidhan Parishad today demanded dismissal of Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare, Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, for exerting pressure on madarsas to mobilise people for his Delhi rally on May 14. The Opposition accused the minister of misusing his official position for political purpose.

india Updated: May 13, 2006 00:50 IST

THE OPPOSITION in the Vidhan Parishad today demanded dismissal of Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare, Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, for exerting pressure on madarsas to mobilise people for his Delhi rally on May 14. The Opposition accused the minister of misusing his official position for political purpose.

The Teachers’ Group, which had raised the issue through an adjournment motion, also staged a boycott in the House over the unsatisfactory reply of the Leader of the House and Minister for Family Welfare Ahmad Hasan. Chairman Sukhram Singh Yadav directed the government to probe the matter and take action against erring officers.

However, Qureshi, who was not in the House, told Hindustan Times on phone from Meerut, that it was a conspiracy of Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan. He said there was no pressure on anybody, including madarsas in the State. “Those who want to attend the rally as Muslims are welcome”, the minister said. He said it was a non-political rally and no demand had been made to madarsas. He said Azam Khan and few other Muslim ministers had been politicking on the issue.

Raising the issue in the House, the Leader of the Teachers’ Group Om Prakash Sharma said the minister’s staff had been pressuring the madarsas to send people for the rally.

Quoting a letter of district minorities’ welfare officer, Jaunpur, in this connection, Sharma said the teachers association of madarsas had brought the issue before him. Sharma said officers had threatened to stop grant and salary to teachers if they failed to send participants in the rally. Sharma said the government should sack the minister for his behaviour. Sharma also threatened to launch a teachers’ agitation on the issue. Panchanan Rai accused the minister of creating law and order situation by causing communal frenzy in the State.