|CM told to use her influence to prevent deal|
LUCKNOW: Chief Minister Mayawati’s
efforts to make a dent in the Muslim support base of the Samajwadi
Party (and the Congress) and to further consolidate her party’s hold on
the minority community were intensified on Wednesday with the Bahujan
Samaj Party leader meeting a delegation of leading Muslim clerics at
her official residence here.
The Muslim leaders had come to thank Ms. Mayawati for her stand on the proposed nuclear deal with the United States.
The delegation comprised the
Vice-Chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board and leading Shia
cleric, Maulana Kalbe Sadiq, the Naib Imam of Lucknow’s Aishbagh Idgah
and AIMPLB member, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Firangi Mahali, Muslim
Personal Law Board member Maulana Hamidul Hasan, the Imam of Lucknow’s
historic Tilewali Masjid, Maulana Fazlur Rahman Waizi Nadwi, Maulana
Aleem Farooqui and Maulana Naeemur Rahman. Another important cleric,
Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, who is in Iran, had a telephonic conversation
with the Chief Minister.
Only on Tuesday the UP Chief Minister had
stated that the UPA Government’s decision to go ahead with the nuke
deal had angered the Muslims. She accused the Samajwadi Party and the
Congress of launching a tirade against her Government as these parties
were wary of the possibility of the Muslims shifting to the BSP.
An official press release issued by the
State Information and Public Relations Department said the religious
leaders urged the Chief Minister to use her influence to prevent the
The Muslim clerics who met the Chief
Minister on Wednesday had supported the Samajwadi Party when Mulayam
Singh was in power in the State. Wednesday’s meeting with Ms. Mayawati
was reportedly “arranged” by the BSP Government’s Muslim face, the
Irrigation and PWD Minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui.
Mayawati plays Muslim card on N-deal
After declaring the
nuclear deal to be anti-Muslim, Mayawati on Wednesday met Shia and
Sunni clerics who applauded her stand against America.
Samajwadi MP from Muzaffarnagar has now warned Mulayam of defying the
party whip if it decides to join hands with the congress.
deal is being done at the cost of forgoing cheap fuel from Iran.
Muslims are strongly opposed to the deal,'’ said Mayawati, Chief
Minister, Uttar Pradesh.
Barely 24 hours after the statement,
Mayawati chose to drive the message home by greeting Muslim leaders at
her residence. The gathering seemed to be all praises for her stand
against the nuclear deal.
‘’UP is the largest state of India and
it has the maximum number of Muslims. We welcome the government’s
criticism of the nuclear deal,'’ said Maulana Khalid Rashid, Sunni
It was CPM Leader M K Pandhe who first said Samajwadi
leader Mulayam Singh Yadav risks losing his clout with Muslim voters.
He later backtracked but now that criticism comes from one of Mulayam’s
own party MPs.
If Mulayam goes with the UPA on the nuclear deal, then he will be deceiving the Muslims,'’ Munnavar Hasan, MP, Samajwadi Party.
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