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After BCs, YSRCP focusses on Minority outreach

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Continuing with its extensive outreach campaign, the YSRCP on Thursday held an internal meeting of Muslim minority leaders in Tadepalle, days after the success of the Backward Communities (BC) Mahasabha that was held in Vijayawada on December 7, 2022. Over 1,000 Minority leaders, including Andhra Pradesh’s first Minority Deputy Chief Minister Amzath Basha, Kurnool MLA Mohammad Abdul Hafeez Khan, Madnapalle MLA Mohammad Nawaz Basha, Guntur-East MLA Noori Fathima, MLC Mohammad Ruhulla, MLC Isaac Basha, MLC Shaik Mohammed Iqbal, and WAQF Board Chairperson Khadar Basha gathered in Vijayawada to compliment Chief Minister Jagan for the exemplary work done by the YSRCP government for minorities and also deliberated upon ways to further uplift and empower Muslims in the state.

Deputy Chief Minister Amzath Basha said, ‘Minorities have finally been given their due recognition and respect. Their voices are being heard and their concerns are being raised. Muslims are included in the overall development agenda of the state, something that has not been done before. Unlike the TDP that only uses the Muslim card for vote-bank politics, Jagan Mohan Reddy has gone ahead and fulfilled all the promises he made to us.’

During the meeting, YSRCP leaders charted the future plan of action and undertook four resolutions 1) To take Jagananna’s Sandesham (YSRCP government’s initiatives to empower Muslims) to every minority household in the State. 2) To make an inclusive effort to meet all stakeholders including Ulemas, Imams, Mouzans, Masjid committee members, Madrasa stakeholders, and WAQF board stakeholders to communicate as well as understand their aspirations. 3) Top leadership to personally meet and interact with influential stakeholders of the community and seek support for YSRCP and 4) To hold a massive Minority Mahasabha inviting all stakeholders/leaders to take CM Jagan’s message to the grassroots while pledging unwavering support to CM Jagan.

After a resounding response to the action plan, Kurnool MLA Mohammad Abdul Hafeez Khan elaborated, “Hum Musalmaan hai, izzat milegi toh jaan denge. Jagananna ne humko izzat diya hai aur zaroorat padti hai toh YSRCP ke liye jaan deneko tayyar hai” (We are Muslims, we can give up our life for anyone who respects us. CM Jagan has given utmost respect to us, so if the need arises, we are ready to give up our lives for YSRCP)

To empower the Muslim community in the state CM Jagan government disbursed Rs 10,309 crore through DBT (Direct Benefit Transfer) and Rs 10,053.04 crore through non-DBT schemes. TDP-led Chandrababu Naidu government had only spent RS 2,665 crore on the welfare of minorities during 2014-19.

The YSRCP government covered 3.89 lakh poor Muslim families under the State government’s housing schemes and 8.1 lakh Muslim families were provided assistance of Rs 81 crore by the YSRCP government.

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