Temple board head appointed by Mamata govt had once called his constituency ‘Mini-Pakistan’

The Mamata Banerjee led West Bengal government has managed to notch another controversy after appointing a Muslim as the head of the Tarkeshwar Temple’s board. The Mamata government had recently announced a grant of Rs 5 crore and also constituted a temple development board to oversee the development of the temple and its nearby areas.

The Mamata Government chose to appoint West Bengal’s state Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim as the Chairman of the board. This ended up upsetting many with BJP leader Subramanian Swamy stating that as the board of a temple is a religious matter, there isn’t a scope of a person from another religion to interfere. He has also announced his intention to seek legal recourse if the Mamata government didn’t withdraw its appointment.

Not just the decision of the Mamata government to possibly try and interfere into the temple affairs is being deemed controversial, but the choice of the individual Firhad Hakim too is raising eyebrows.

- Advertisement - - Article resumes -

It turns out that the state minister is no stranger to controversies. In April 2016, while the Assembly elections in West Bengal were underway, Firhad Hakim had created a huge uproar after describing his Kolkata Port constituency as ”Mini-Pakistan” to the Dawn newspaper of Pakistan. The Dawn correspondent had also apparently concurred with his statement after observing many signboards in his constituency to have been written in Urdu.

A few days before that controversy, he was also embroiled in the Narada sting operation. The sting operation carried over a period of 2 years had shown 12 TMC leaders and ministers including Firhad Hakim taking bribes in exchange of favours.

His name has also cropped up in the infamous Saradha chit fund scam after allegations about his role were made by Asif Khan a former aide of ex-Railway Minister Mukul Roy.

Share and Support:
Support OpIndia by paying for content

Most read articles recently

Here is why BJP lost elections, and of course, it was deliberate

What BJP supporters need to realise is this - no political party ever wants to lose and least of all, a party led by the two most politically aggressive politicians the country has ever seen.

India cannot turn into Islamic Nation, only Modi can understand gravity and do needful: Meghalaya HC

There should be uniform law for all Indian citizens, and anybody opposing the Indian laws and constitution cannot be considered as citizens of the country, Meghalaya High Court noted

BJP’s real woes: Lessons from the electoral semi-finals

The prolonged silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah on election results was very telling. The results were clearly unexpected and possibly led to prolonged internal discussions on the future course of action.
It is time for Congress and Gandhi Family mukt Bharat

Why Congress-mukt Bharat is still very much in progress

It is time BJP supporters understand the meaning of the term 'Congress-mukt Bharat'.

Can the BJP satisfy its online supporters? If only it were Congress

BJP supporters online, also known as the ‘right wing’, are first to attack the party and write it off after electoral setbacks.

BJP may be weaker than it was in 2014, but Congress is not as strong as projected either

If Congress has not forgotten the 1996 elections, they would very well know they are on a sticky wicket here.

Mayawati extends support to Congress for Madhya Pradesh, may consider Rajasthan ‘to keep BJP out of power’

She said to defeat BJP in Rajasthan, too, BSP will extend support to Congress.

Has PM Modi sounded the start of slog overs with the new RBI Governor’s appointment

Shaktikanta Das, who is currently a member of The Finance Commission and Former Finance Secretary (the one who presided over Demonetisation), has been appointed as the new RBI Governor by the Modi government

Demystifying Civil Society: Organization linked to ‘Urban Naxals’ wants schools to teach ‘Human Rights Education’

Federation for Human Rights (FPR) urged the government of Puducherry to introduce "Human Rights Curriculum" in the school curriculum in the Union Territory.

Madhya Pradesh: Twitterati showers praises at Shivraj Singh Chouhan as he gracefully concedes defeat

The BJP stalwart, Shivraj Singh Chouhan took the sole responsibility for the BJP’s defeat in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.

Latest articles

Connect with us

125,562FansLike
97,580FollowersFollow
6,058SubscribersSubscribe

Don't miss these