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MIM, Sena councilors clash in Nanded corporation hall over Urdu language

Monday December 24, 2012 11:28:52 PM, Staff Reporter

Nanded: The Nanded Municipal Corporation on Monday witnessed pandemonium as Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) and Shiv Sena coucillors exchanged blows over the demand by the MIM councilors to issue municipal general body and other meeting agendas in Urdu language.


No one has injured in the clash that lasted for about half an hour.


The MIM demand has been approved by the mayor.


The free-for-all clash between the two party councilors followed the dispute between them that occurred a fortnight ago when the MIM councilors opposed the condolence motion for Sena leader Bal Thackeray.


The fracas started after the MIM councilors led by Syed Moinuddin demanded from the mayor to issue general body and other meeting agendas in Urdu language, that they said, was already in practice till 2007.


The Mayor, Abdus Sattar, of the ruling Congress party approved the demand and assured to issue the meeting agenda in Urdu language along with Marathi from the next meeting.


The demand however angered the Shiv Sena councilors who then exchanged blows with the MIM councilors and hurled abuses accusing them of indulging in "communal" politics.  


"The MIM councilors instead of concentrating on development of the city are indulging in such emotional issue to expand their clout in the city and spread the party base in other parts of Maharashtra", said Deepak Raut, Shive Sena councilor and opposition leader.


The MIM, which has its base in Hyderabad, won elections in 11 wards in the civic election held few months back.


Syed Moinuddin rejected Shiv Sena allegations and said they are demanding as per the rights given to them by the Indian constitution.


"Communal politics is the policy of Shiv Sena. The MIM is neither a communal party nor it has any communal agenda. Our demand is solely based on the rights given to the minorities by the constitution", Syed Moiduddn said while speaking to


"The newly elected body has a total of 24 Muslim councilors. This include quite a few woman councilors who are more comfortable in the Urdu language as it is their mother tongue", he said.


"It should not be a reason for anyone to oppose as the constitution has given us this right", he said.


The Nanded Municipal Corporation was till 2007 issuing the agendas in Marathi and Urdu languages both. It also had names written on the corporation building in the Urdu language. However, after it was shifted in 2011 to new premises, not only the names written in Urdu were missing, but it also stopped issuing the agendas in Urdu.






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