The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) critized the decision of Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand that will allow a special 90 minute break on Friday for all government employees from the Muslim community for their special prayers on the day. BJP leader Nalin Kohli called it “unfortunate” and said it showed that the order had been taken to attract minority votes in the assembly polls lined up next year.
The state government, in a meeting on Saturday decided that government employees at all levels will be given a special break from 12:30 pm till 2 pm on every Friday for the purpose of prayers, said the official sources.
However, the decision seems not to impress the BJP leaders. Talking to ANI, Kohli said that it was unfortunate and added that it showed that for sake of appeasing minority in the coming assembly polls, the government was “willing to go to any limits”.
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He further raised question on the decision and said what would happen if employees of Hindu community also asked for such breaks. “What if Hindu community says that they need two-hour break on Monday for Shiv puja, on Tuesday for Hanumanji or on Sunday for Sun God?” asked Kohli.
Wrong move, appeasement of minorities. Shiv Sena MPs will raise this issue in Parliament: Manisha Kayande,Shiv Sena on U’khand Govt decision pic.twitter.com/elUJFfGGCV
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 19, 2016
Earlier, on the day, the state Government demanded legal action against BJP MP Parvesh Verma for his remarks against Muslims in which he said that all terrorists were Muslims and they had been never casted their vote for the BJP perceiving it as a patriotic party.