Hindu outfits oppose allotment of land for Hajj House in Bhopal

By Pervez Bari, TwoCircles.net,

Bhopal: About two and half dozen Hindu outfits have come under one umbrella in the name of Hindu Sangharsh Morcha to thwart the Bharatiya Janata Party, (BJP), ruled Madhya Pradesh Government’s move to pave the way of constructing a Hajj House in the state capital Bhopal.

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The Madhya Pradesh Government has allotted about 1.7 acre of land on the outskirts of Bhopal for Hajj House which is being vehemently opposed by 29 organisations of the saffron brigade under the banner of recently formed Hindu Sangharsh Morcha. The activists of this Morcha led by Manoj Pradhan, claiming to represent 29 rabble rousing Hindu outfits, staged a “dharna” (sit-in) in the city on Sunday demanding the government to reconsider the decision of allotment of land for the Hajj House.

Some of the names of the Hindu outfits supporting the Hindu Sangharsh Morcha included Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Abhinav Bharat, Hindu Uthan, Rashtriya Sikh Sangat (lone body of Sikhs), Rashtriya Hindu Sena, Bharatiya Jan Shakti ( lone political party of Ms Uma Bharti, a former Chief Minister of the state).

The slogans raised by a handful of activists of the Morcha at the “dharna” site were: “Muslim Tushtikaran Nahin Chalega, Hajj House Avantan Rad Karo”; “Hindu Agar Jagrit Hogaya, Shivraj (Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister) Khogaya”; Shivraj Ki Sadbudhi Ki Prathna Karo Jisne Hinduon Ki Bhavnao Se Khilwar Kiya Hai” etc.

Pradhan said that Hajj activities occur hardly for about two weeks in a year, thereafter the allotted land will be misused for the rest of the year; hence, the Government should think twice before going ahead with the move. He questioned the Government for being so lenient in allotting the land.

Recalling the episode of the Amarnath Shrine Board in Jammu & Kashmir, Pradhan said that even after a nation-wide agitation the land was allotted with several conditions and that too for two months only, then why the Madhya Pradesh Government is so lax in allotting a separate piece of land for a permanent Hajj House here. As such here is no need for its construction, he added.

After staging a “dharna” for more than two hours, the members of the Hindu Sangharsh Morcha also sent a memorandum to the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan stating their demand to annul the allotment and their point of view. In the memorandum Morcha said that the whole world is victim of “Islamic terrorism”. Masajids, Madarsas, and other religious places are used as shelter for terrorists. In these circumstances Hajj House construction would be a dangerous step.

Meanwhile, Bharatiya Muslim Sangh has ridiculed the “dharna” as a stage-managed programme of the Congress. Sangh’s State general secretary Noorullah Yousuf Zai in a Press statement has condemned those who organized a sit-in against the Hajj House. He alleged that the demonstrators were acting at the behest of the Congress, which fears of losing its traditional Muslim vote bank by the move of the BJP Government.

Training guns at the Congress party, Zai said that if Congress is really a well-wisher of Muslims then it should implement Sachchar Committee report forthwith, ([email protected]).