In the face of the Opposition tirade against the Central government’s move to end subsidy on the Haj pilgrimage, the ruling BJP defended the step saying there was no political agenda behind the decision.

Senior BJP leader and union minority affairs minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi reiterated that the Haj subsidy money would be utilised for the educational needs of Muslim girls and women in the country.

Launching a frontal attack on the Opposition, Naqvi said they were trying to find fault in whatever decision the Modi government had been taking since it came to power in 2014.

Contrary to the Opposition’s hue and cry, the Muslim community had welcomed the government decision to scrap Haj subsidy from this year onwards, the minister claimed, adding that it had been taken keeping in mind the larger welfare of the Muslim community.

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palanissami questioning the Centre’s decision to scrap Haj subsidy demanded the government should review its decision.