Agartala: The Opposition CPIM said that statements with political motives were being made, hitting back at Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath for accusing the erstwhile Left Front government of declaring 1,400 kani of waqf property as ‘Khas land’ or private use.
“It would be good for the law minister to know that the Waqf Act-1952, which was amended in 2013, is a central law and no state government can declare waqf property in violation of this law,” the CPIM secretariat body said in a statement.
Earlier on Wednesday, the state cabinet approved the implementation of the 2013 amendment in Tripura in compliance with the central law on the protection of waqf property.
The law minister had alleged that many waqf properties, including the Gedu Miah Mosque in Agartala and the graveyard in AD Nagar, had been occupied. The then Left leader also built houses on some lands.
“In the last 30 years, 1,400 acres of land have been occupied during the previous government, which cried foul for the minority community for vote bank politics,” Nath said.
“…during the time of the Left Front government, the property used for religious purposes of the Muslims scattered in different places was freed from illegal possession and about 1,200 holding gazettes were notified and included in the waqf and various works have been done for the development of waqf property,” the party said.
Reacting to this allegation, the CPIM said that the question of whether the Gedu Mia Mosque or the cemetery in South Ramnagar is government land or not is irrelevant.
“Although the law was passed in 1952, the first leftist government formed the Waqf Board in 1978, prior to which there was no board. The CPIM State Secretariat is strongly condemning the political jumble of publicly slandering the Left Front governments of the past with this false information,” the statement added.
Tripura has a total of 2,643 waqf properties across the state, comprising of 3,000 kani land, of which 771 waqf properties amounting to 1,400 kani of land have been occupied in last 30 years.