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Haj subsidy withdrawal: Shabbir asks Asaduddin to apologize

Congress leader  Mohammed Ali Shabbir  today said   by  accepting  the  Sangh parivar  backed  BJP move  to withdraw  the  Haj subsidy , the true colours  of MIM chief Assaduddin Owaisi’s has  come to light.

 

Urging the state and central governments to not endorse the BJP governments move on Haj subsidy the Leader of Opposition in the Telangana legislative council   today demanded the MIM chief to withdraw his statement and extend unconditional apologies to the Muslim community.

 

He said today that the MIM chief whose income has spiralled from just Rs. 8 lakhs in 2004 to Rs.35lakhs in 2008 and Rs.4.5crore in 2014 (as per election affidavits) may well not require the Haj subsidy. But the Haj subsidy granted by the British in 1932 is a boon to poor Muslims and retired officials for one Haj pilgrimage in their life time.

 

He said it has been a long standing dream and conspiracy of the Sangh Parivar and the BJP to withdraw the Haj subsidy and it appears that  the MIM chief  has walked into their trap in his megalomaniac  desire to  expand  the  MIM in Maharashtra , Karnataka and other states  by  bagging   non-secular vote banks,

 

Speaking to media persons  in the CLP today  the LOP  said the amount of  Haj subsidy was just a miniscule amount of  Rs.690 crore  for  facilitating  just 1.7 lakh Haj pilgrims .Compared to other huge expenses made by the  BJP governments for other dharmic and  charity programs, this was just pittance . ‘ It is a shame that  the MIM chief is supporting such a conspiracy hatched by the Sangh parivar against poor Muslims to deny them a facility for practicing their religious beliefs as  guaranteed by the Indian constitution’.

 

He also questioned the logic behind withdrawing the Haj subsidy while the government did not consider such moves towards the huge expenses it made benefits of Char Dham, Manasa Sarovar and Amarnath .   . Why is that the BJP government is picking its grudge against Haj subsidy and not others and why is the MIM chief eagerly supporting it “, he quipped .

 

It is time that  .Owaisi realised that  though  a rich person like him does not need the Haj subsidy, it is meant for the poor  Muslims who  live in his Charminar constituency . The rich  persons like  Owaisi brothers who went to  Umra  thrice a year   and resided in posh hotels like Hilton , were now behaving like  agents of Amith Shah and Modi  .

 

He said  in the past  their  father  Sultan Salauddin Owaisi  toiled for the welfare of  the poor Muslims but his children- the Owaisi brothers were  exploiting all  situations for  their personal growth and political up liftment and not for people . They  fell  in line with the Congress when in power and criticised TRS  but now are behaving like puppets of KCR and  TRS govt .  Shabbir Ali also lambasted that the Owaisi brothers were also montaging the Muslim community to  become friendly with the BJP     He said  the welfare and development of the Muslim community was a  constitutionally provided mandate of all  elected governments in a democracy . By cancelling Haj subsidy of  Rs.690 crore  in an annual budget of lakhs of crores  the union government can hardly  bring  any  sustainable contribution to the  Muslim welfare in the country .During the Congress regime  in  under  AP CM YSR  Minority welfare had got more funding than the Haj subsidy, he added,

Commenting on the TRS governments  move to bring Muslim reservations in the current assembly session   Shabbir Ali said that though long delayed at least now  it  bring  fool  proof  bill and ensure that  there were no legal and judicial hurdles  in its implementation .Instead of depending on  opinions of  bureaucrats  the government should seek proper legal opinion with experts on the field and ensure that the true benefits of the  Muslim quota  reached the genuine and needy poor Muslims –(NSS)