Following Uttarakhand government’s footsteps, MLA Abu Azmi has written to Devendra Fadnavis asking for a 90-minute special break for Muslim community. MLA Abu Azmi, on Thursday, wrote to Maharashtra CM, asking for a special break, every Friday. The 90-minute break would only be for Muslim employees for their Friday prayers. A similar step was taken by Uttarakhand government recently.
The decision which was taken by CM Harish Rawat in a cabinet meeting was welcomed by Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyaya. Under the new rule, all government employees will be given the time off between 12:30 PM till 2PM. Upadhyaya, welcoming the statement told ANI, “It should be welcomed and people’s belief and every religion should be respected”.
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However, opposing party, BJP did not taken the decision that well. BJP claimed that the decision was not without a motive. BJP called this decision a ‘stunt’ and said that it was taken in the wake of upcoming elections. Congress, reacting to the same has said that those who are calling this move a ‘stunt’ should introspect.
Muslim community in Maharashtra has been raising other demands as well. Two days ago, on Tuesday, 3 lakh Muslims had also carried out a peace march in Beed by the umbrella organisation Muslim Aarakshan Sangharsh Kruti Samiti demanding reservation and speeding up the investigation into the missing JNU student Najeeb Ahmed case.