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BJP ire at Wakf funds misuse

Dhubri, Dec. 13: The Congress and the AIUDF are spending funds from Wakf boards at their own whims and fancies and exploiting the state’s Muslims, vice-president of the state BJP Minority Morcha, Saiful Islam, told The Telegraph today.

Islam said the Congress and, of late, the AIUDF had made puppets out of indigenous Muslims in the state.

The Wakf board has property worth Rs 10,000 crore across the state but the lack of income and welfare activities have raised eyebrows, Islam said.

“This Wakf board was formed with contributions of and donations from generous Muslims to benefit downtrodden members of the community. But the way the government runs these institutions means only certain chosen members of their party get the benefits. It hardly serves any purpose,” Islam said.

The BJP Minority Morcha will stage a sit-in in front of Raj Bhavan on December 19 and hold a citizens’ rally in Guwahati on January 11.

The board owns property that should have generated crores of rupees in income but because of rampant corruption, the Wakf board earns less than Rs 1 lakh annually, Islam alleged.

This was why state the Morcha has been demanding a judicial inquiry into the affairs of the board and reconstitution of it with indigenous Muslims as its members, Islam said, adding, “Until this is done, our protests will continue.”

The Morcha’s demands include reassessing the value of the Wakf board’s properties, free the board’s property from all encroachment, publish the income of the board, reconstitute the board with indigenous Muslim members and start an inquiry into its affairs.

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