Haj committee chief seeks minister Khan's resignation

Haj committee chief seeks minister Khan's resignation

AMumtaz Ali Khanddressing mediapersons here on Friday, Ashrafi alleged that the minister is anti-minority though the government is favourable to the Muslim community. “The Yeddyurappa government increased the budget allocation for the minorities to Rs 167 crore this year. Tragically the minister, who is a Muslim is not favourable to us,” he alleged.

He said last year, the expenditure for Haj pilgrimage was Rs one crore which included budgetary allocation of Rs 70 lakh and the previous year’s balance of Rs 30 lakh. This year the Haj Committee demanded Rs 1.5 crore. In response the minister agreed to give only Rs 75 lakh to the Haj Committee.

Ashrafi charged the minister Mumtaz Ali Khan with taking things personal and targeting him directly. “My monthly allowances including house rent, diesel and maintenance charges of Rs 35,000 were stopped after I opposed the leasing out of the property belonging to the Women Waqf Development Foundation,” Ashrafi stated.

He said he was opposed to the land given to the Haj Committee to construct a Haj building near Double Road. “The minister wants the Haj building to be built near Double Road. But I am for building it at Devanahalli for the convenience of the Haj pilgrims,” stated Ashrafi.

Ashrafi said he was declaring a war against the minister. “We will not let him come inside the Haj building if he does not help us. We do not want a minority minister who is against the minorities,” he said.

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