A Rajasthan government order of holding blood camps on September 25, which is likely to coincide with Bakri Eid, has irked Muslim groups.
The government has decided to mark the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, member of Bharatiya Jan Sangh, considered the ideological mentor of BJP by holding blood camps in colleges across the state. For this the health and college teachers and principals have been asked to be present at the blood donation camp sites.
The BJP government order instructs colleges not to declare a holiday on the day. Although the government sensing the protests, has now said verbally that the attendance at these camps would be voluntary but the Muslim groups are not pleased.
Muslim groups have protested the move, even threatening to go to court for cancelling the holiday.
Jamaat-I Islami leaders say when the festival Id is a gazetted holiday for all, irrespective of caste, religion and profession, why would the employees even if they are not Muslims be asked to take permission for leave. This is a unconstitutional and a very fascist order,” says Dr Mohammad Iqbal.
They also say that if BJP is so intent on celebrating the anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, they should do it at the party level, why should they spend from the government funds on someone who was never in the government?
Urdu Shikshak Sangh has also protested the move asking the government why should they take holiday from Muslims for whom it is the biggest festival. “It is in contravention of our human rights,” they say.
Rajasthan BJP is inspired by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, who was the leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1953 to 1968. A philosopher, organiser par excellence and a leader who maintained the highest standards of personal integrity, he has been the source of ideological guidance and moral inspiration for the BJP since its inception.
He was born on Sept 25, 1916, in Brij in in Mathura district in Uttar Pradesh. At the instance of his friend Shri Balwant Mahashabde, he joined the RSS in 1937.
Rajasthan government had earlier irked Muslim groups when they tried to make Surya namaskar compulsory in schools, which was later withdrawn.