Sayyid Anwer Ibrahim
Bangalore May 02, 2011 KMNN: Muhammad Rizwan Nawab was reelected as the deputy leader of opposition in the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) here today. The first time Congress Corporator, Mr. Nawab is elected for the post for the second tenure.
Meanwhile, the BBMP has constituted its various “Standing Committees.” Each committee comprises of 11 members. While no Muslim corporator has been chosen to head any committee, seven Muslim corporators have made it to different committees as members.
- Prof. Nazneen Begum—Education
- A.R. Zakir—Major Works
- Fareeda Ishtiyaq—Social Justice
- Irshaad Begum—Public Health
- Noor Jahaan—Accounts
- Shaheen Taj—Appeals
- Syeda Haseena Taj—Accounts
The BJP government is ruling Karnataka State and Bangalore City Corporation is also headed by the BJP. While there are quiet a few Muslim seasoned politicians and senior corporators from major political parties none could emerge as a strong candidate for the coveted post of Mayor or deputy mayor. Now that various standing committees have been announced, no Muslim corporator could make it for the president’s post. This is the worth of Muslim leadership as considered by political parties? However, the only positive note was that veteran educationist Prof. Nazneen Begum has been chosen for the second time to be a member on the Education committee while, Rizwan Nawab retained as deputy leader of opposition .it is high time Muslim leaders should engage themselves in objective discussions cutting across political affiliations.