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 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
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"
"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 ummid.com.
"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
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.