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Yaqoob?s battle cry against Azam Khan

AFTER A lull, Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi today crossed swords with Urban development Minister Mohd Azam Khan over the slaughterhouse issue in Rampur.

india Updated: Apr 09, 2006 01:10 IST

AFTER A lull, Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi today crossed swords with Urban development Minister Mohd Azam Khan over the slaughterhouse issue in Rampur.

Quereshi also assailed Khan, accusing him of working against the interest of the Muslim community in the state. Yaqoob said he would speak to Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav about the harassment being meted out to the Quereshi community in Rampur.

A large number of members of All India Jamiatul Quraish assembled here on Saturday under the leadership of Haji Yaqoob to register their protest against Khan.

Qureshi said resentment was brewing in the community over the decision of the Rampur Nagar Palika to hand over the slaughterhouse to the Valmiki community in place of Quereshis of the town.

The minister said the community had stopped work in Rampur for the past one week. He said by taking away Rampur slaughterhouse from the community, the civic body had made a direct attempt to deprive them of their job.

He said the Rampur district administration was also harassing the Quereshi community allegedly at the behest of Khan and he would take up the matter with the chief minister. Yaqoob said he would not tolerate persecution of the community in Rampur. “Cartoon bounty fame” Yaqoob said Muslim clerics were also unhappy with Khan because of his stoic silence over the Danish cartoon issue.

The meeting, while deciding to hold its state committee election on April 20, has also called upon the community to control huge expenses during marriage ceremonies and lay stress on modern education. Yaqoob said the Muslim community had emerged stronger in the state and now it wanted proper political representation. The meeting also resolved to struggle for adequate power sharing in the state.