New Delhi: The All Bengal Minority Youth Federation on Wednesday demanded an aid of Rs 2 lakh each to all the madrasas on the line of the fund provided by the state government to the local clubs. Apart from this demand, the body consisting of Muslim clerics and scholars also sought a hike in the stipend of Imams which is currently pegged at Rs 2,500.

The demands came after the Mamata Banerjee government ordered that Rs 10,000 each to 28,000 be paid to the Durga Puja committees throughout the state. The Muslim clerics were of the opinion that they did not have a problem with Durga Puja committees being paid such a huge amount but the stipend of the Imams should be increased as well.

“We do not have any problem if money is given to the Durga Puja committees but imam’s’ stipend should be increased,” Furfura Sharif’s leader Toha Siddiqui said addressing the gathering. “All the Madrasas should be given financial aid of Rs two lakhs like that is provided to the local clubs,” he added.

Apart from the increase in the Imam’s stipend, Furfura Sharif’s leader Toha Siddiqui also sought at least 16 seats from the ruling TMC for minorities in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections scheduled next year. “We demand tickets for at least 16 seats from the ruling TMC for the next Lok Sabha elections,” Siddiqui said.

It must be noted that the All Bengal Minority Youth Federation had decided to submit a memorandum to Mamata Banerjee in support of their demands but were stopped by the police from proceeding to the state secretariat and hence they organised a sit-in demonstration which was addressed by the leaders.

Siddiqui also alleged that most of the TMC leaders, who were carrying party flags during the daytime, were from BJP after sunset. Federation secretary Mohammed Quamruzzaman also demanded that a Muslim be made police commissioner in the city and more minority representatives in the forces were added.

“We want recruitments of more teachers in the 614 Madrasas in the state and immediately initiating a Madrasa Service Commission for recruitment of teachers,” Quamruzzaman said.