Chief minister Raghubar Das on Sunday sought to reach out to the minority community but also said his government is advocating appeasement of none and development for all in Jharkhand.
He was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Haj House and Rabindra Bhawan in Ranchi.
“We are following the ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ principle. Our government believes in appeasement of none and development for all,” Das said in the presence of President Pranab Mukherjee, the chief guest of the ceremony.
Das said the Haj House, which will also have an air ticket counter, will facilitate pilgrimage for the poorest of Haj pilgrims in the state.
The BJP governments at the Centre and the state have been at the receiving end of criticism for their alleged aggressive Hindutva agenda since they came to power. The Hindutva jibes gained momentum recently after right wing leader Yogi Adityanath took charge as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister and banned illegal slaughter houses in his state. Following in UP’s footsteps, Jharkhand too ordered shutting down of all illegal slaughter houses last Monday.
The Haj House in Ranchi was plagued by controversies since the cabinet approved its construction about a decade ago.
The state cabinet, in 2006-07, had cleared a proposal of the welfare department for construction of a five-storied Haj House on a one-acre plot in Kadru at an estimated cost of Rs 4.8 crore.
Housing board officials had appointed some construction firms without floating tenders. Its construction was so poor that seven labourers and a mason were severely injured when a portico of the underconstruction building collapsed in 2009. In 2012, the state government finally ordered a vigilance inquiry into the scam.
The BJP government here, however, decided to rebuild the Haj house by demolishing the earlier one.
“Last time, the quality of infrastructure was poor, but the government has decided to provide the best possible infrastructure for the new Haj House,” said Jharkhand governor Droupadi Murmu.
Murmu said that every Muslim dreams of going to Haj at least once in lifetime, and this facility will make it easier for members of the Muslim community in Jharkhand to fulfil their dream.