Strong opposition to Haj house

Jaipur, Sept 29 | Updated: Sep 30 2006, 05:30am hrs
The construction of a Haj house in Rajasthan has become a serious political problem for chief minister Vasundhra Raje with her Cabinet colleagues and right wing outfits like Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena opposing in strong opposition of the plan. The state government has allotted 12,300 sq meters of land for token money of Re 1 for the welfare of Haj pilgrims.

The issue is being seen as a rising storm with Rajes detractors and opponents getting ready to stage a political vendetta against the latter. Till now, the VHP had being supporting Rajasthan state education minister Ghanshyam Tiwari on his stand against the Haj house andhad also voiced protests over its construction.

Tiwari vehemently opposed the construction of the Haj house saying prima facie its location was in a non-Muslim area and procured from poor farmers at a low price. Political pundits are viewing the issue as an example of growing resentment within Rajes Cabinet.

This is second time the education minister has found fault with the chief minister. The last time such an episode took place was on the SEZ issue, where the education minister directly attacked Raje on her policy to acquire poor farmers land to dish it out to rich industrialists at below market price.