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Will not let you starve: Mamata to Muslim clerics

Observing that her government respected the court order declaring as unconstitutional the monthly honorarium paid to Imams and muezzins, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday assured the clerics of ensuring their livelihood.

‘Law will take its own course and we respect the court’s order. But at the same time I want to assure that we will democratically ensure livelihood of Imams and muezzins,’ Banerjee said here at an event.

Imams are preachers and muezzins those who call the faithfuls to prayer at mosques.

‘I know the Imams and muezzins are worried following the court order, but I want to assure you there is nothing to worry. We will ensure that you do not starve,’ she added.

A Calcutta high court division bench of Justice Pranab Kumar Chattopadhyay and Justice Murari Prasad Shrivastava on Monday said the Banerjee government’s payment of monthly honorariums to the Muslim clerics violated the principles of equality enshrined in the constitution.
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