Guwahati, Jan 8: The Assam Cabinet held a meeting on Sunday to address various matters, including the announcement of a dry day on January 22 in honor of the consecration of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. Additionally, a new scheme called Mukhyamantri Mahila Udyamita Abhiyan was approved during the meeting, aiming to provide financial support to women entrepreneurs in rural areas.
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Assam's Chief Minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma, shared the decisions made in the meeting on social media, stating, "Decisions we took in today’s meeting of the #AssamCabinet - Dry Day on 22.01.2024 on the occasion of Pran Pratishtha of Shri Ram Lalla Virajman - Approval to Mukhyamantri Mahila Udyamita Abhiyan - a new scheme to financially support rural women entrepreneurs."
However, criticism arose from Assam Legislative Assembly Deputy Speaker Numal Momin towards AIUDF Chief and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal. Momin called for an apology from Ajmal for advising Muslims to stay at home between January 20 and January 26 and avoid train travel during the Ram Temple consecration. Momin emphasized that such a statement hurt millions of Hindus worldwide and urged Ajmal to apologize to the nation.
Badruddin Ajmal had issued a caution to Muslims, suggesting they refrain from traveling between January 20 and 25 due to the expected large crowds during the idol placement ceremony at Ram Janmabhoomi. In response, Numal Momin expressed disagreement, stating that Ajmal's statement was incorrect and called for cooperation with authorities if there was information about a potential terrorist attack. He emphasized the significance of the Ram Temple consecration and urged unity and respect among people of different faiths in the country.
Numal Momin concluded by comparing the consecration ceremony to Diwali, noting its importance and calling for a celebration of the event commemorating Lord Ram's return to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile.