New Delhi: After former Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy claimed that not all promises made to Muslims by the state government has been fulfilled, Mohammed Shafique Qasmi — Imam of Nakhuda Masjid on Tuesday stated that there was little truth what CM Mamata Banerjee said about work done for minorities.
Mamata announced that over 90 per cent of works for Muslims have been completed but the ground reality is very different. “I agree with Mukul Roy's comments that a lot more needs to be done for minority community,” Qasmi said while speaking to empanelled candidates of School Service Commission (SSC).
Qasmi added that he had discussed the plight of such candidates with the CM but no concrete steps have been taken to address the issue. “I had written to her requesting her to meet the candidates and at least give them a hearing. Strangely, Muslim candidates are missing from the list of empanelled candidates for counseling,” he said.
According to Indian Express, Education Minister Partha Chatterjee who assured them of an action didn't live up to his promises as well. “He earlier asked the muslim candidates to end their 85-day hunger strike and promises an action but fails to deliver. We have lost trust in him as well,” Qasmi added.
According to the SSC merit list, there were 2,644 Muslim candidates. Among them, 1,200 were of OBC-A category who had cleared the viva voce on August 25, 2013. On March 4, this year, 272 candidates were called for counselling. Out of them, only two were from OBC-A category.
“In the next counselling on March 12, no one from the OBC-A category has been called,” said Mohammed Farooque, a candidate.
Qasmi, known for his proximity to Mamata, also sent a note of warning for the Trinamool government. “These false promises have not gone down well with the Muslims. If this continues, it will definitely be reflected in the municipal elections next month and Assembly elections next year,” he added.