Kolkata: West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh on Wednesday launched an attack on the Trinamool by questioning why its stipend for Hindu purohits every month is less than half of what it gives to imams.
He also said while the stipend for imams was announced in 2012, it took almost 10 years for the state government to understand the struggles of the Hindu priests. In April 2012, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced an allowance of Rs 2,500 each for imams.
Last year, she announced a stipend of Rs 1,000 per purohit across the state.
“Why only 8,000 purohits...There are more than 80,000 in this state. Where is the list of the purohits they are giving this money to? How did they decide on the names? Was there any age or income criteria? The state government is only bribing a select few to show they are being balanced, but that is not the truth," he said.