Siddiqullah tears into CM on quota

Prominent Muslim leader and general secretary of Jamiat Ulama-E-Hind, Siddiqullah Chowdhury, on Thursday slammed Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for "promising the moon" to minorities during her ascent to the power and then not living up the communities' expectations.

At a rally in Kolkata to observe the 20th anniversary of Babri Masjid demolition, Chowdhury said: "Muslims have been cheated in the name of reservation. The parivartan government (Trinamool Congress government) came to power promising reservation, but so far we have received only OBC certificates, and nothing else. We would like to remind the CM about what she said on reservation in her election manifesto. If those don't materialise, we would be forced to launch a greater movement."

Chowdhury and his outfit had rallied behind Mamata during the Nandigram movement.

"The huge gathering today holds testimony that people are not happy with the way this government is functioning. We did not force or entice people to come and join today's gathering. They have done it themselves and paid donations to us as well. People from all the political parties be it the Trinamool, the Congress and the CPM have joined today's gathering. Situation is such that the people of West Bengal are looking for another change," he said.

He said Mamata was merely playing with Muslims' sentiments by sporting a chadar, praying with folded hands and then holding secret meetings with US officials.

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