Mohammed Mahmood Ali reply on Wakf assets sparks row
Expressing dissatisfaction over the reply given by Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali on steps being initiated to protect Wakf properties across Telangana, the Congress members staged a walk-out from the Legislative Council on Thursday.
Congress stages walk out in Council in protest against govt's lackadaisical attitude
- Opposition unhappy over Dy CM’s reply on steps being initiated to protect Wakf properties across Telangana
Hyderabad: Expressing dissatisfaction over the reply given by Deputy Chief Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali on steps being initiated to protect Wakf properties across Telangana, the Congress members staged a walk-out from the Legislative Council on Thursday.
Trouble began when Congress MLC Farooq Hussain sought a report on the progress of the house committee headed by Bajireddy Govardhan. He questioned the implementation of its recommendations, even as several properties were being encroached upon by vested interests.
He asked the Minister to explain reasons for the non-implementation of the committee’s recommendations, as the delay was causing irreparable losses to the Wakf Board in terms of revenue.
MIM MLC Syed Altaf Hyder Razvi, who is also a member of the house committee, questioned the committee’s functioning as no meeting was held in the last six months. He pointed out that in Medak district alone 23,000 acre Wakf land was encroached and the Wakf Board was yet to recover Rs 400 crore in the form of compensation from the government as well as private institutions.
Leader of the Opposition Mohammed Ali Shabbir questioned the transfer of special officer and Director of Minorities Welfare Department M J Akbar, who took a tough stance against some of the Mutawallis who were charging Rs 1 to 2 lakh per grave in their precincts. “The Deputy Chief Minister could not even save properties that are close to his residence.
Even pattas were being made at Chumtishah dargah after he took charge as Minister. Why is the house committee silent on these developments?” he asked. The Deputy Chief Minister, in his reply, blamed shortage of staff as a reason for the ‘abnormal’ functioning of the Wakf Board and informed members that at least 80 people would be appointed. He said that 39 of the 84 recommendations of the earlier house committee were implemented by the State government.
He also assured that the government was in the process of providing judicial powers to the Wakf Board, as was promised in the election manifesto. In response to the walkout by Congress members, Finance Minister E Rajender asked the Opposition to be more practical in their approach. “Such acts by Congress members will not be appreciated by people. If they do not change, the party will become history in the coming years,” he said.
Congress members, who returned to their seats after completion of the question, asked the Council Chairman to expunge the statements made by the Minister on their party. This prompted an argument between the treasury benches and Opposition resulting in pandemonium for nearly 10 minutes. Later, the Chairman said anything derogatory would be expunged from the records.