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After Mulayam’s apology, SP prepares to win Muslims back

india Updated: Jul 19, 2010 16:38 IST
M Hasan
M Hasan
Hindustan Times
Mulayam Singh Yadav

After Mulayam Singh Yadav’s apology to the Muslim Community on Kalyan Singh’s issue, the Samajwadi Party (SP) has launched massive exercise to win over the community.

The SP has planned a series of conference all over the state to apprise the community of its services to the community over the years. A state conference has also been planned next month in Lucknow.

Next few months are indeed going to be quite ticklish for the SP. The decision in Babri Masjid-Ramjanma Bhoomi case is expected in September 2010. With Vishwa Hindu Parishad deciding to mobilize the people on temple issue from August 16, Muslims would certainly look at “Maulana Mulayam” for his reaction. In his written apology Yadav had mentioned his role in protecting the mosque in 1990.

The party has also decided to expose the Congress-led UPA government for not implementing Sachar and Rangnath Mishra Commissions reports. The party has reportedly contacted the members of All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB).

“These reports are going to be core of our manifesto”, the leader of Opposition in Upper House Ahmad Hasan told Hindustan Times on Monday.

However on re-induction of expelled leader Mohd Azam Khan the party has been carefully treading the path because almost all 18 Muslim MLAs are opposed to him.

Referring to Azam Khan’s repartee that “apology-is-quite-late”, a MLA from Western UP said “he (Azam) has now missed the bus, it is late for him and not for the party”.

Yadav too is not in a hurry on Khan’s issue. When asked about his re-entry, Yadav told newsmen in Kanpur “put this question to him”. Azam Khan has planned to meet Muslims next week in Lucknow to decide the action plan.

While keeping Muslims leaders, including Ulema (clerics) in good humour, the party has been trying to effectively reach out to the aam Musalman (common Muslims) to re-strengthen itself.

“The response from the common Muslims is very good”, Ahmad Hasan, said and added district level conferences would be organized to clarify the party’s stand on community issues.

In fact clerics’ response has also been on party line. While anti-SP clerics came out with “too late” comment, pro-SP Ulema hailed Yadav. Busloads of people belonging to various Muslim organizations are pouring in every day at the SP headquarters to praise Yadav.

While prominent Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad said Awam (people) should decide it, Naib Imam Eidgah Khalid Rashid Firangi Mahli further wants to test Yadav’s loyalty. “We will see Yadav’s moves for the political empowerment of the community”, Khalid said.