Demanding induction of some Muslims MLAs the state cabinet, several Muslim organisations of the city have urged the Samajwadi Party state leadership to look into their demands in order to remove regional imbalance.
At a joint meeting of these organisations on Thursday, office bearers of Shia community under the leadership of Shia cleric Maulana Syed Rizwan Haider Rizvi, the speakers demanded inclusion of two-time winners from Zahoorabad seat in Ghazipur district Syed Shadab Fatima.
Rizvi said Shia Muslims constitute 20-25% of Muslim population in the state but yet political parties treat them as a vote bank only.
Agroup of Shia clerics on Saturday registered protested against Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party government for not giving any representation to Shia sect either in the state cabinet or Rajya Sabha and Legislative Council.
Lamenting the lack of Shia representation in the state government, Shia cleric and founder of Jamiatul Abbas Arabic College, Allahabad, Maulana Syed Kalbe Abbas said 69 Muslim MLAs have won in 2012 assembly elections from all parties. Though SP has 43 Muslim MLAs, only three have been given cabinet berths and seven are state minister. Yet not a single of them is a Shia.
Noted Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad today demanded carving out of 20 per cent share for Shia Muslims in all the government schemes being run for Muslims' welfare.
"The state and central governments had been continuously discriminating against Shia Muslims and in order to ensure their welfare, this section should get 20 per cent share in all the welfare schemes for Muslims being run by the governments," Jawad told news-persons here.
Jawad, also a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board, said: "Political parties and governments think that Shias do not have the numbers and can not be taken as a vote bank and so are neglecting them."
Jawad said that he would get a survey done to know the exact number of the Shias within two months and would seek their rightful share once again.
He said that a 'Shia sammelan' would be held at the Bara Imambara here tomorrow to discuss the various problems being faced by them and ways to address them.