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Civil group challenge Rajasthan govt’s decision in High court to annul Eid holiday

Jaipur: Rajasthan Muslims and secular people are under shock and disbelief after BJP-led State government has announced cancellation of Eid holiday. Describing the BJP government’s decision as blatantly Un-constitutional and communal, they sought judiciary’s intervention into the matter as the state government wants on the day to commemorate RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay’s birth anniversary.

Taking a cudgel on behalf them ‘Forum for Democracy and Communal Amity (FDCA), which is a forum of different social and human rights organisations and eminent social workers, has on Tuesday filed a public interest litigation (PIL) with the Rajasthan High Court against an order issued by the Directorate of College Education.

The Rajasthan directorate issued an order on September 2, 2015 to the principals of all government and public colleges of the state to organize blood donation camps in order to commemorate the birth anniversary of late Pundit Deen Dayal Upadhyay, an ideologue of RSS and prominent BJP leader.

“This move of the state government is totally un-constitutional and sheer breach of civil rights of the college staff and blood donation teams”, said Sawai Singh, state chief of the FDCA.

Sawai Singh accused the BJP government of trying to annul the gazetted holiday of Eid-ul-Adha on the pretext of celebrating the birth anniversary of their leader. The Eid is eventually falling on September 25 this year.

“Ever since the BJP has come to power, it is busy in implementing the communal agenda of the ‘Sangh Parivar’ and spreading hatred among the people”, he said.

He stated that the Forum had sent a letter to the chief secretary for asking time to meet him on the issue but in vain.

“After getting no response on from the government, we moved to the court”, he said.

“Eid-ul-Adha is one of the major festivals of the Muslims that they have every right to celebrate with their families, which must not be taken away from them, similarly it is the right of all citizens to enjoy the gazetted holiday”, asserted Sawai Singh adding that that such kind of decisions by any government, which is bound to follow the Constitution in letter and spirit, is dangerous for communal harmony and secular fabric of the country.



–Courtesy “Muslim Mirror”