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Facing Fatwa for Chanting 'Jai Shri Ram', Bihar Minister Apologises

Imarat-e-Shariah issued a fatwa against the Bihar minister for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and said Khurshid should be ostracized from the Muslim community.

Alok Kumar | CNN-News18dmalok

Updated:July 30, 2017, 10:55 PM IST
Facing Fatwa for Chanting 'Jai Shri Ram', Bihar Minister Apologises
File photo of JD-U leader and Bihar Minister Khurshid Alias Firoj Ahmad.

Patna: A day after he took oath as the Minister of Minority Welfare department in the Nitish Kumar cabinet, a fatwa was issued against ​Khurshid - alias Firoz Ahmad - for raising 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans. However, the minister has now expressed regret and apologised for the same.

The Mufti of Imarat-e-Shariah had earlier issued a fatwa against the minister for chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' and said Khurshid should be ostracized from the Muslim community. According to Mufti Suhail Kazmi, a person who chants Jai Shri Ram and believes in worshipping Ram or Rahim is ostracised in Islam.

Reacting to diktat, Khurshid said, "God knows the intention with which I raised 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans. My work will tell who I am... Imarat-e-Shariah should have asked my intentions (before issuing fatwa)."

He further said, "I will not hesitate in chanting 'Jai Shri Ram' for the sake of harmony and development of the state."

Khurshid, who had shouted 'Jai Shri Ram' slogans in the Bihar Assembly during a discussion over the confidence motion moved by Nitish Kumar, said, "I offered prayers at Manokamna temple for the break-up of Grand Alliance and I am happy that Bihar got freedom from Lalu's family."

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday evening expanded his cabinet with twenty-seven ministers from JD(U), BJP and LJP taking the oath. No minister from Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) was inducted into the cabinet.

Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi administered the oath of office to 14 ministers from JD(U), 13 from BJP and One from LJP. Nitish Kumar chose not to drop any of the ministers who were part of the cabinet in the previous government. He added two more ministers from his party – Dinesh Chandra Yadav and Ramji Rshidev – to the new government.

Khurshid, the JD-U MLA from Sikta constituency, West Champaran, was a minister in the Grand Alliance, too.

| Edited by: Huma Tabassum
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