New DelhiI, 8 July
Chief minister, Mrs Sheila Dikshit, today identified maintenance of communal harmony and peace in the city as the “biggest achievement” of her government in the last 14 years.
“The fact that since 1998 there has been no case of communal tension is the biggest achievement of this government,” Mrs Dikshit told a gathering of imams from various mosques of Delhi.
In a veiled attack on BJP, Mrs Dikshit said, "There is only one party which keeps raising communal issues. Congress never talks about communalism.”
The event was organised by Delhi Waqf Board. A statement by the Board said the event had been held to “thank” the chief minister for increasing the salary of imams from Rs 6,000 per month to Rs 10,000 per month.
Dikshit said she has directed Delhi Wakf Board to chalk out a scientific formula to ensure “an automatic” yearly hike in imams’ remuneration in Delhi so that they are not forced to make repeated demand for increase.
She exhorted the imams to do their best to further strengthen the bonds of “cooperation, brotherhood, harmony and peace” in Delhi.
“No matter what religion or community, the government should treat everyone in the same manner,” she said. Dikshit said formation of a Madrasa Board to address various issues facing the Islamic institution was in progress.
“We are trying to establish it at the earliest,” Dikshit told reporters later.