The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh Ms. Mayawati ji has drawn the attention of External Affairs Minister Shri S.M. Krishna over the negligent behaviour towards Haj pilgrims of Uttar Pradesh by Haj Committee of India. She has written a letter in this connection to the minister today. She said that Haj Committee of India, without any reason had cancelled the selection of Haj pilgrims on internet who were selected through lottery and deposited the entire amount, form and international passport and received the visas from Saudi Embassy. She has turned this decision as unilateral and discretionary. Hon’ble Chief Minister said that the selected Haj pilgrims and their family members including the entire muslim community have
resentment over this decision of Haj Committee of India. She has apprised the External Affairs Minister that earlier, Haj Committee of India, at its own level had fixed the dates from 18 October to 06 November, 2010 for flight, but suddenly without informing the State Government these dates were preponed and fixed from 09 October to 28 October, 2010.
Ms. Mayawati ji as also said though the State Government had told about the Navratri, Dussehra, Durga Puja etc. including the panchayat elections were falling between the dates of 09 October and 17 October, 2010, Haj Committee of India did not send Haj pilgrims on earlier fixed dates. Haj pilgrims and U.P. State Haj Committee faced difficulties owing to this sudden change. Despite of it, State Government keeping in view the interests of Haj pilgrims had made arrangement, owing to which Haj Committee of India had sent the pilgrims on revised dates. Hon’ble Chief Minister said that about 30 per cent pilgrims go to Haj from Uttar Pradesh out of the total pilgrims in the country. The U.P. Cabinet Minister and Chairman, U.P. State Haj Committee Mr.
Naseemuddin Siddiqui had sent several letters for discriminatory and negligent approach being adopted by the Central Government and Haj Committee of India towards the Haj pilgrims of the State, but instead of any improvement Haj Committee of India was bent upon the harassment of Haj pilgrims.
Ms. Mayawati ji, in her letter has requested to the External Affairs Minister to direct the Chairperson of Haj Committee of India Mrs. Mohsina Kidwai to restore all cancellation and fix the flight schedule for Haj pilgrims in such a way, so that all selected pilgrims of the State could be sent to Haj timely.