Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan Sunday alleged that
with the money pumped in from the Mumbai Civic Body, people
belonging to RSS, Shiv Sena and BJP are creating havoc in the
"The communal forces are in power in
Mumbai Municipal Corporation since last sixteen years. We have to
dislodge them from power. It is because the monetary support from
the BMC is used by the people belonging to Shiv Sena, RSS and BJP
to create havoc in the entire state", media reports quoted the
Chief Minister as saying while interacting with Muslim
intellectuals in Mumbai on Sunday.
The Chief Minister was interacting
with the Muslim community elites at Islam Gymkhana as part of an
interaction organized by the Congress minority wing in the run-up
to the Mumbai civic elections.
The Chief Minister during the
meeting also lamented Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS).
"Maharashtra Navnirman Sena is
another face of Shiv Sena. They are using communal politics to
spread enmity between the people", he said.
The Muslim intellectuals however
sought answers from the government about the pending issues and
complained that 'they are approached only at the time of
Of the many subjects raised by
Muslim intellectuals and leaders, the principal complaint was the
unfair handling (of cases) and alleged atrocities by the home
department. Advocate Mubeen Solkar while highlighting the issue
said that innocent youngsters (from the community) continue to be
targeted by the police. They are being unfairly picked up in
terror-related cases, he said.
President of Jamiatul Ulema
Maharashtra Gulzar Azmi, objected to the police manual proscribing
a cop from sporting a beard at work. He cited cases in Nashik and
Amravati where Muslim policemen were inconvenienced by the norm.
Following the barrage of questions
from the Muslim intellectuals the Chief Minister admitted that he
had received complaints of atrocities against Muslims by the
Other issues raised during the meeting were possession of Ismail
Yusuf College land, allotment of land to minority educational
institutions, appointment of Aukaf board chairperson, and
time-bound implementation of various developmental issues.