Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu today joined Muslims in offering Eid-ul-Fitr prayers.
Wearing a skull cap, Naidu stood along with Muslims and offered the Eid namaz at the Indira Gandhi Municipal Grounds in Vijayawada.
The Chief Minister greeted the Muslim leaders and common people on the occasion, and addressed them in Urdu. He said that he prayed to the Almighty Allah for all necessary help to the state and for the prosperity and happiness of the people.
Naidu said that his government was giving top priority to maintaining communal harmony in the state. Also speaking of his support for the Muslim community, he said that the TDP was the first party to oppose the Triple Talaq bill, and that an amount of Rs 1,100 crore was allocated in the state budget for the uplift of the minorities in the state. He also said that 25 residential schools for minorities would be set up soon in the state.
When some Muslims asked the Chief Minister why his government was not reconstructing a mosque which was razed to the ground on the Ramavarappadu road, Naidu assured them that the mosque would be constructed within a year.