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By NewsGram Staff Writer

In a series of efforts being made to ‘warn’ the Muslim masses against Modi Government’s ‘imposition of Yoga’, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) has decided to spread awareness and mobilise opinion against the Hindutva agenda intertwined within practices like Surya Namaskar and Yoga.

In its annual convention in Jaipur, the Board reiterated that recitation of the Bhagvad Gita was not acceptable to Muslims.

Diverting attention

“There seems to be an attempt to create confusion among the people on crucial issues.”

-Board member Qasim Rasool Ilyas from Delhi

Some board members concluded that it’s because Modi Government has failed on all other fronts that it is trying to create ‘hype’ over things like Yoga Day to divert people’s attention from real issues like price hike. There have also been claims of the Yoga day actually being a mode of Hindutva propaganda.

The Acting General Secretary of the Law Board, Maulana Wali Rehmani, has written a letter to Muslim organisations and Board members apprising them of its views on yoga and Surya Namaskar and why Muslims should oppose the move.

Maulana Wali Rehmani

“Yoga and ‘Surya namaskar’ are Hindu religious practices and these are “against the ideology of Muslims”.

  -Maulana Wali Rehmani ( Referring to the sixth chapter of Geeta)

Titled ‘ The Science of self realization’, in the sixth chapter of Geeta Hindu God Krishna explains in detail the difficulties of the mind and the procedures by which one may gain mastery of their mind through yoga which reveals the spiritual nature of a living entity.

In the letter, Yoga has also been termed as a ‘threat’ to Islamic beliefs. It says that adding Vante Mataram, Surya Namaskar and Yoga to school practices amount to the indirect implementation of the RSS agenda.

“In the present scenario, the government and under its garb several organisations and individuals are today violating the Constitution.”

The AIMPLB claimed that the ‘Yoga move’ is a violation of the secular Constitution, which does not allow the promotion of religious activities by the government.

Increasing the support base

Reportedly, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board now aims to solicit support for its activities from like minded people.

“People believing in justice and rule of law would be roped in,” AIMPLB executive committee member and legal adviser, Zafaryab Jilani, said to a national daily.

Mohammad Azam Khan

Supporting the movement, Uttar Pradesh Urban Development Minister, Mohammad Azam Khan has urged the board to launch a movement on the issue. Known as the “Muslim face” of the ruling Samajwadi Party, the minister had openly criticized the Central government for converting the International Yoga Day “into a religious day.”

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AAP’S Media Spend Is Four Times That Of Previous Government: RTI Reply

A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP's one year in power in 2016

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Picture of Arvind Kejriwal addressing a rally. Wikimedia Commons
  • The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore
  • The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300 percent compared to the Congress government
  • A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP’s one year in power in 2016

The AAP government has spent an average of Rs 70.5 crore annually in the past three years on advertisements — four times more than the previous government’s expenditure on print, electronic and outdoor advertising, according to an RTI reply.

In the first year after assuming office in February 2015, the current government spent Rs 59.9 crore on advertisements, Rs 66.3 crore the next year and Rs 85.3 crore up to December 31, 2017, the Directorate of Information and Publicity (DIP) said in reply to an RTI application by IANS.

The average annual expenditure of the AAP government on advertisements from April 2015 to December 2017 was Rs 70.5 crore. The Congress’ average was Rs 17.4 crore in the last five years of its rule (2008-2013).

Also Read: AAP welcomes BJP’s stand on inter-faith marriages

According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers.

For instance, when the AAP government completed its first and second anniversary in 2016 and 2017, leading newspapers in the capital carried full-page advertisements, highlighting the achievements of the government.

The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there. Wikimedia Commons
The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there. Wikimedia Commons

In the run-up to celebrating its three years in office, the government in the first two weeks of February carried advertisements flashing pictures of the Chief Minister or other ministers. The highlights included the inauguration of community toilets, excellence awards distribution for students, a government meeting on “smart gaon”, and invitation of applications for scholarship schemes.

The AAP government’s spending on advertisements increased by about 300 percent compared to the Congress government.

Also Read: Blow for Kejriwal: EC recommends disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs

But the average advertisement rate charged by a leading English newspaper, comparing the Congress government and AAP government periods, has increased by about 17 percent, according to DAVP.

For the same period, the average rate charged by another leading English newspaper has increased by about 35 percent.

A 2017 Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report found that the Delhi government had spent 86 percent of the total budget for its media campaign celebrating the completion of AAP’s one year in power in 2016.

According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers. Wikimedia Commons
According to the DIP, the expenditure includes, among others, advertisements with photos of the Chief Minister and other ministers in newspapers and hoardings, commercial spots on TV and radio, and tender notices published in newspapers. Wikimedia Commons

The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements.

Last year, the government came under an opposition attack after Lt. Governor Anil Baijal asked the AAP to cough up Rs 97 crore spent on advertisements, allegedly to promote the party instead of the government. The LG order was based on a report by the Committee on Content Regulation in Government Advertising (CCRGA).

Also Read: 5 Years of AAP: How Society Has Been Backstabbed by ChandaChor Kejriwal

The regulatory authority asked the Delhi government to assess the expenditure in issuing “those advertisements/advertorials in which the name of the Aam Aadmi Party is mentioned” and other factors.

The Delhi government approached the High Court and the matter is currently pending there.

Delhi government spokesperson Nagendar Sharma said he has “no comments” to offer on the increase in expenditure.

The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements. Wikimedia Commons
The auditor pulled up the government for using the name of the party in the advertisements. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Congress President Ajay Maken said: “They (AAP) are using the power of advertisements to put pressure on TV (channels) and newspapers. They are doing it ruthlessly”.

BJP MLA and Delhi Assembly Leader of Opposition Vijender Gupta termed the government’s spending on advertisements as “irrational”. “Misuse of public money in this way is completely unjustified and unethical,” Gupta told IANS. (IANS)