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Bakra Eid: SP leader Abu Azmi tears into Uddhav Thackeray government over restrictions

Azmi said that even after eight ministers held a meeting, there is no response from the Chief Minister.

Bakra Eid: SP leader Abu Azmi tears into Uddhav Thackeray government over restrictions
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Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Abu Asim Azmi has attacked the Maharashtra government over the freshly issued guidelines for celebrating Eid-al-Adha or Bakra Eid which falls on August 1. He alleged that the authorities were not allowing vehicles carrying sacrificial animals to enter Mumbai which is affecting the farmers as well. 

“Those who we considered as our own turned out be snakes and have come to bite us (jinhe hum haar samajhe gala apna sajane ko, vahi ab saamp ban bethe hami ko kaat khaane ko),” Azmi said in a video message while accusing Maharastra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray of doing injustice to Muslims as well as the farmers. 

The Maharashtra government released guidelines for Bakra Eid suggesting that people offer prayers at home instead of mosques and purchase animals for “sacrifice” or ‘Qurbani’ online or over the phones as the markets will remain shut to avoid crow gathering amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

“People are quite upset ahead of Bakra Eid. If the government would have announced that no ‘Qurbani’ will be allowed, people wouldn’t have to bear losses. On one hand, the government allowed online purchases for goats. But when people ordered multiple animals together to save the cost of transportation, the authorities are not allowing them,” he said. 

Azmi further warned that some of those who have suffered losses in crores will commit suicide. “You (Uddhav Thackeray) say that there is no restriction on ‘Qurbani’ but how will it happen if the animals are not being allowed to be transported,” he asked. 

Earlier, SP leaders Abu Asim Azmi and Rais Shaikh met Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar to express their displeasure while demanding to resolve the issue. 

However, even after the meeting with Maharashtra ministers Balasaheb Thorat, Anil Deshmukh, the issues haven’t been resolved. Azmi said that even after eight ministers held a meeting, there is no response from the Chief Minister. 

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