Bukhari?s UDF to counter PDF
IN ORDER to counter People?s Democratic Front led by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari on Saturday floated UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF).india Updated: Jun 11, 2006 01:39 IST
Front’s Supreme Council to be headed by ex-Karnataka CM
IN ORDER to counter People’s Democratic Front led by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari on Saturday floated UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF).
An All-India Supreme Council, headed by Former Karnataka minister CM Ibrahim, has been constituted. The council will supervise the UPUDF working. Rahat Mahmood Chaudhury (Moradabad) will be its general secretary.
According to information available here, the meeting held in Delhi on Saturday could not decide the UPUDF presidentship. There were sharp differences between National Loktantrik Party (NLP) president Dr Masood Ahmad and Aligarh-based Parcham Party of India chief Salim Peerzada over the leadership issue in UP.
Thus Bukhari, who will be the party’s patron, has nominated an advisory committee comprising Dr Masood, Peerzada, Ziaul Islam, Mahboob Ahmad, Khalid Sabir, Wasim Ahmad Siddique, Zafar Iqbal and Khan Mohammad Atif. The committee will decide further course of action. A three-member committee headed by Rahat Mahmood has also been constituted to draft UDF constitution within one month. Working president of the Assam United Democratic Front Hafiz Abdul Rashid also attended the meeting.
The UDF, which announced to contest UP assembly election, said that it would seek alliance with other secular parties in the State. While CM Ibrahim had attended VP Singh’s Jan Morcha rally here on May 30, Dr Masood has already joined the Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA).
However, the formation of UDF evoked mixed response here. While the Kalbe Jawad said that those who were present at the PDF formation and had raised objections had now joined the UDF. However, he refused to comment on the issue.
A senior cleric, on condition of anonymity, said that there was no prominent name in the UDF and it would have no impact on the community. All-India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) member Zafaryab Jilani welcomed the UDF formation. He said that if its leaders jointly toured the State, it would have impact on Muslims.