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Mumbai based activists write to State officials, demand cancellation of RSS’ Iftar party

Mumbai: Two Mumbai based activist has written a letter to Maharashtra Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao and Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis asking for cancellation of an Iftar party to be hosted by the Rashtriya Muslim Manch (RMM), the Muslim wing of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) at the Sahyadri guest house on Monday.

Advocate Adil Khatri and Shakeel Ahmed Shaikh stated that the government guest house is only meant for office use, and not for public or religious functions.

A July 2015 order issued by the State General Administration Department (GAD) to all government departments, including the Protocol Department, which is responsible for the (Sahyadri) guesthouse says departments are requested not to hold (public) hearings at the Sahyadri Guesthouse and follow the rules for holding meetings and workshops. The GAD has been informed that the conference halls are requisitioned by ministers for holding hearings with applicants with various issues,” the letter read.

The Activist also alleged that the motive behind organising the Iftar party is solely to garner votes. They also highlighted that The order also says only the CM, DCM, Ministers and Minister of State, Chief Secretary, Additional Chief Secretary, Principal Secretary, Secretary and officials of equivalent rank would be authorised to hold meetings, workshops, and press conferences. They also demanded an inquiry in the role of sanctioning officials from the Protocol Department for permitting the RMM to hold the Iftar party.

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