Union Minister of State for Railways E Ahmed is the Muslim League MP from Ponnani, Kerala. Muslim League, which is a partner in Congress led UDF, has a history of communal bias. Muslim League ministers refuse to light lamps in official functions, despite the fact that, traditional Hindu oil lamp, is being lighted every day at the Cheraman Mosque, Kodungallur (the first mosque in India). Ahmed and former Minister PK Kunhalikutty were the kingpins of the “Marad Massacre’ of eight Hindu fishermen in May 2003. Ahmed forced the police to open the sealed Marad Mosque (where blood drenched murder weapons were hidden) and offered namaz.
Now after becoming Railways Minister of State, Ahmed continues his anti-Hindu agendas. He has given instructions to the Railways not to do Ganesha puja, havan, breaking of coconut, etc. before starting of new trains, inauguration of tracks, bridges, etc. He has banned lighting of traditional oil lamps during inaugurations. Garlanding of trains, annointing them with sandal paste, sindoor, etc. has been banned.
Railway stations have been discouraged against doing puja to electronic panels etc. during ‘Vijayadasami’ and ‘Durga puja’. He has also ordered closure of temples in Railway compounds and is planning their demolition.
This anti-Hindu move of the communal Muslim Leaguer E Ahmed has caused deep resentment and anger among the 25 lakh strong railway staff and Hindus at large.
While crores are being spent on ‘Haj’ even basic amenities are not being provided to the eight crore plus Sabarimala pilgrims, by the Indian Railways.
VHP leader Kummanam Rajasekharan has described this attitude as threat and challenge to Hinduism. He charged Ahmed of communalising a national asset like Railways. He called for immediate restoration of the withdrawn customs and traditions, failing which RSS and VHP will launch nationwide massive agitations.
What more can be expected from Ahmed whose close relative is a jehadi suspect in the Bengaluru blasts and who is hiding in Gulf, courtesy Ahmed and UPA!