The West Bengal Didi’s strategy has backfired at her in a worsened way. The Didi of West Bengal who had gained praises in huge forms from the beloved Muslim Community so far, has now been criticized by the same Muslim Community against her decision. A large number of Muslim clerics from across the state came out on the streets and took out a protest rally demanding an increase in their stipend from the present Rs 2,500 to Rs 10,000!
A sections of Imams who participated in the rally justified their demand by comparing it with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s recent decision to pay Rs 10,000 to each 28,000 Durga Puja clubs across the state. Well, it will be quite interesting to watch over this protest against the Bengal CM, who was so far hailed by the Muslim Community by her Appeasement tactic.
A similar outrage was invited by the West Bengal Chief Minister when she announced stipend to Imams in the year 2011. Each of the them along with Opposition parties, mainly BJP, accused her of indulging in Appeasement politics for securing Muslim votes.
The rally led by Muhammad Kamaruzzaman, the general secretary of the All Bengal Minority Youth Federation, also requested Mamata to help free several Waqf properties occupied allegedly by some private and government departments.
Muslim Appeasement backfired in Bengal.
Muslim clerics protest against Mamata's Durga Puja funds announcement of Rs 28 Cr to 28,000 Puja committees i.e Rs 10,000 for 1 committee.
Muslims calling it Discrimination & demanding hike in stipend to Imams & funds for 10,000 Madrasas.
— Anshul Saxena (@AskAnshul) October 4, 2018
“Not only are we demanding an increase in stipend for Imams but we also want teachers at Madrasas to be hired through Madrasa Service Commission,” Abdul Rahim, Howrah district president of All Bengal Minorities Youth Federation, said.
“It is unfortunate that several Waqf properties are occupied by private and government departments. Kolkata Raj Bhawan is also occupied and we are getting Re 1 as rent. Is it justified?” he asked.
The rally was supposed to start from Rani Rashmoni Road near Esplanade in Kolkata but it was organised outside Tipu Sultan mosque in central Kolkata after the police denied them permission at the last moment.
“We applied for police permission for the rally. But police turned down our request yesterday. The Imams and Muezzins from several districts took trains to Kolkata and reached here in the morning. Since the participation was huge, we decided to change the venue,” he added.
What will be the next move of the Bengal CM? Known to be the CM of atrocities will her decision yet again favor the Muslim counterpart or the Durga Puja? This outrage has come rightly on the part of Mamata Banerjee, as her decision to tilting towards the Appeasement will be worth watching.