SP will protect Muslims

THE CONGRESS party did not allow its senior Muslim leaders to campaign during the last Assembly elections in Gujarat fearing loss of Hindu votes, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh said on Tuesday.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 01:12 IST

THE CONGRESS party did not allow its senior Muslim leaders to campaign during the last Assembly elections in Gujarat fearing loss of Hindu votes, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh said on Tuesday.

Launching an attack on the Congress party while addressing a State-level convention of weavers at the Ganga Prasad Verma memorial hall at Aminabad in the State capital, Singh commented, “While the Congress party calls itself secular, it colludes with the BJP and Mamata Banerjee of Trinamool Congress to take on the Leftists in West Bengal. Shiv Sena Supremo Bal Thackeray and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi want Muslims to leave the country. We in the Samajwadi Party will protect the ‘right to live’ of all Muslims,” he said.

On the problem of weavers not getting subsidised power in the State, he said a meeting had been organised with Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on February 9 where the demand for subsidised power supply for weavers would be put up.

The chief minister had been sensitive to the problems of weavers in the State and the State government would do all it could to help the weavers tide over their problems, Singh added.

Speaking on the occasion, State Minister for Handicrafts, Silk and Small Industries, Jagdish Singh Rana, said that the State government had made a provision of Rs 3 crore in the next budget for clearing all outstanding payments of weavers.

Rana said the government had also decided to allow constitution of a board with weavers as its members to sort out their problems in the State. “The government has already taken the initiative to drastically cut down overstaffing at State Handloom Corporation outlets”, he added.

State Urban Development Minister Azam Khan, while speaking on the occasion, said that financial institutions run after weavers to recover loans of a mere Rs 10,000 while leaving out bigger defaulters.

He lamented that weavers in the State had no money for medical treatment of their family members when they fell sick. “I suggest that the weavers in the State form a co-ordination committee and submit a report of their problems to the chief minister”, Khan added.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 01:12 IST