Mayawati men in chaadar row

The Dargah in Ajmer accuses two ministers of the Uttar Pradesh Govt for not paying Rs 51,000 for the chaadar offered during Urs, reports KS Tomar and Rajesh Singh.

india Updated: Jul 28, 2007 02:46 IST
KS Tomar and Rajesh Singh
KS Tomar and Rajesh Singh
Hindustan Times

Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti’s Dargah in Ajmer is in the midst of another controversy. This time, it has accused two ministers of the Uttar Pradesh government, who visited the shrine last week, of not paying Rs 51,000 for the chaadar offered by them during Urs.

The Anjuman committee and khadims claim Anees Ahmed Khan and Shajul Islam did not pay for the chaadar. However, the Bahujan Samaj Party claims the amount was paid before the offering was made. The two ministers were part of a 35-member delegation sent by Chief Minister Mayawati to offer a chaadar.

“The members of the delegation offered a chaadar worth Rs 51,000 on July 21 but left for Lucknow without paying for it. I received Rs 21,000 six days later but the remaining amount of Rs 30,000 is still due,” said khadim Zahur Hasan Chishti.

“I will contact the chief minister and ask her about the fiasco,” he added.

“Ahmed contacted me and asked me to make arrangements for a chaadar of Rs 51,000 on behalf of Mayawati. He told me Mayawati was making an offering the first time,” Zahur said.

“It is certain that if anyone comes with bad intentions, he or she is bound to suffer. It will happen to the delegation,” he warned.

Anjuman Committee member Munawar Chishti said the “khadims are enraged over the failure of the ministers to honour the religious sanctity and tradition of the dargah. They consider it a dirty trick”. He added that the khadims may complain to government officials.

Reacting to the charges, BSP national general secretary Satish Chandra Mishra said they were baseless.

“I talked with both ministers and they informed me that they deposited the amount before offering the chaadar,” Mishra said.

Khan, Minister of State for Minorities Welfare and Haj, on Friday said that all the payments were cleared by the State Haj Committee. Islam, minister of state for waqf, was not available for comment.

First Published: Jul 28, 2007 02:28 IST