Maya hits out at Centre over PFI ban | India News

LUCKNOW: Bahujan Samaj Party’s (BSP) national president, Mayawati, on Friday hit out at the central government for banning PFI and its affiliated organisations.
She said in a tweet that the Centre, after targeting the PFI on several fronts, has now banned it and its eight affiliated organisations ahead of the Vidhan Sabha elections, inspired by “political selfishness”.
“It is a move towards appeasement of sangh (RSS). This has led to more unrest among people rather than creating peace,” she said.
Recently, she had questioned the visit of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat to a masjid-madrassa in Delhi and asked if it was going to change the negative attitude of the BJP and the BJP-led governments towards Muslims and their mosques and madrassas.
“There is a need that he (Bhagwat) also looks into the inferences that are being drawn out of his silence on issues like UP government’s interference in private madrassas and its intolerance towards offering of ‘namaz’ at open spaces even for a few minutes,” she had said.
On numerous occasions, the BSP chief has accused the Yogi government of “intimidating” Muslims and acting out of malice against them, including cases where the state government has used bulldozers on their homes and properties.
When Yogi government announced that it would get the survey of unrecognised madrassas done in the state, Mayawati joined ranks with various Muslim organisations that had opposed the government over it.
“The BJP has indulged in narrow politics under the garb of Muslim appeasement to come to power. Now, after coming to power, Muslim harassment is continuing. Muslims are being suppressed and intimidated,” she had said.
In May, she had raised the case of senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan who was in jail for more than two years. She had accused the government of acting out of malice.

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