Lucknow: The term of the Uttar Pradesh Sunni and Shia Waqf Boards have now come to an end, and subsequently, the charge will be given in the hands of the state government momentarily. The UP Minority Affairs Minister had assured that the board elections were delayed only due to the coronavirus induced lockdown in the country.
Minister Mohsin Raza said that the work of both the boards will be taken care of by CEOs appointed by the government and the elections will be held later stage because of the lockdown.
The tenure of the Sunni Waqf Board was completed on March 31, with that of the Shia Waqf Board getting ended on Tuesday.
Mohsin Raza said, “Both the boards were constituted during the previous Samajwadi Party regime and large-scale irregularities have been committed by both the boards while dealing with Waqf properties. Muttawalis (caretakers) of Waqf properties have been appointed without adhering to rules. The government has already recommended a CBI inquiry into this.”
According to the current updates, all the files and documents in regard to the Supreme Court’s decision on the temple-mosque dispute in Ayodhya and the permissions for the construction of a mosque on five acres of land at any other place in Ayodhya are currently with the outgoing chairman of Sunni board, Zufar Farooqi.
Farooqi said he is willing to hand over the necessary documents to the appointed authority of the state government.
He was the chairman of the Sunni Waqf Board since the last 10 successive years. Farooqi had become the Chairman of the Board for the first time in the year 2010 when the BSP came into power. After that, during the tenure of the SP government, formed in 2012, he remained appointed to his post. Later, in 2015 he became the chairman for the third time and in 2017 he continued to run the board even after the formation of the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh.
Meanwhile, the now former Shia Waqf Board Chairman Wasim Rizvi took over his post in 2015 and continued to work after that. Even he did not leave the designation after the BJP formed the government in 2015. Wasim Rizvi had made headlines with his pro-Ram temple stand.