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Ajmal seeks PM's help to retain Friday holiday for madrassas in Assam

GUWAHATI: The All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) chief and MP, Badruddin Ajmal said that government-run madrassas in Assam should also avail holiday on Friday as in states like Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. He termed Himanta Biswa Sarma's stand against holiday on Friday for government-run madrassas in the state as "objectionable."

Ajmal recently wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi saying that Sarma has hurt the religious sentiment of Muslims despite knowing that Friday is a significant day from religious point of view for the community.

"India is a secular democratic country which gives freedom to all the citizens to follow and practice their religion. Indeed, Sunday has religious significance for Christians and not for Hindus. But this is an official holiday and Muslims have no objection to it," Ajmal said.

Ajmal added that madrassas in Assam along with rest of the country have been observing holiday on Friday since Independence.

Sarma on Thursday said that he is resolute on doing away with the Friday holiday for the government-run madrassas. Sarma recently said that government-run madrassas will only have one-hour break for Jumma instead of full holiday on Friday.

The minister also said that Friday holiday did not have any government sanction and he had come to know that many government-run madrassas especially in Lakhimpur, Nagaon and Morigaon districts have been observing holiday on Friday unofficially.

Ajmal wanted Modi's intervention to resolve the state government's stand against Friday holiday.