Bukhari's UDF for electoral alliance with SP, BSP
UDF, however, said it would enter into an alliance on its own conditions, reports Masoodul Hasan.india Updated: Feb 10, 2007 22:56 IST
The UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF), which had earlier accused the Samajwadi Party and BSP of not doing any thing for the Muslim community, on Saturday opened its door for electoral alliance with them. The UDF, still struggling for survival in the state, however said it would enter into an alliance on its own conditions.
Addressing state executive committee meeting in Lucknow on Saturday founder of UDF Maulana Ahmad Bukhari said the party was ready for the poll pact with any party except the BJP. However, he said these parties would have to assure the UDF that they would not have pre or post election tie up with the BJP.
Bukhari said every party had exploited the community as vote bank. He said parties aspiring to have an alliance with UDF would have to change their approach towards the community. The UDF has also planned to hold a day-long dharna at GPO park against communal riots in Gorakhpur, Nithari serial killings and the rape of Muslim girls of Kareli Madarsa in Allahabad.
Bukhari said the UDF had been trying to politically empower the community, which had been at the receiving end for the last five decades. Calling upon the district units to quickly prepare for the state assembly elections, Bukhari said those claiming to represent the community were a blot on Muslims. He said in the past several commissions were constituted for the welfare of the community and now tall claims were being made on the recommendations of Sachar committee report. He also refuted the charge that formation of the UDF would communalise politics. He said parties were shaken over the consolidation of the community and have thus launched a tirade against the UDF.
The UPUDF president Yusuf Qureshi asked the district units to strengthen the base to win seats in the elections. The UDF has also invited application for the ticket for which Rs 5000 would be charged on general and Rs 2500 on reserved seats. The general secretaries Masud Afzal, Mahboob Chaudhury, Tariq Bukhari also addressed the meeting.
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