First meeting today
AFTER A month-long unsuccessful exercise for political unity in the Muslim community, the UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF) of Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari will hold its first meeting here on Wednesday to give final shape to the organisation.
Bukhari’s attempt to ensure merger of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), led by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, with the UPUDF has failed to yield a positive result.
Minister of State for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi is also likely to attend the conference. Sources said his brother Yusuf Qureshi, who is also president of the All India Jamiat Quraish, would lead the UDF in the State.
General secretary of the supreme council of the UDF Rahat Mahmood Chaudhury said efforts for unity with the PDF had failed.
However, Jawad did not rule out the possibility of an alliance. Jawad said a way could still be found out for unity in the community. But, the UDF has reportedly already finalised the names of office-bearers which will be announced on Wednesday. Former Union minister CM Ibrahim will also attend the meeting.
Yusuf Qureshi said Yaqoob Qureshi had already discussed the UDF action plan with Bukhari. With the Qureshis joining the UDF, the organisation could play a significant role in the mobilisation of the community in Western UP.
Former prime minister and Jan Morcha Alliance founder VP Singh is also in touch with Yaqoob Qureshi, who has made a considerable dent into the Jat-Muslim combination of Chaudhury Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal.
The minister had turned hostile towards Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav following his tussle with Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan.
In order to counter Jawad’s influence in the Shia community, the leaders had reportedly made efforts to rope in other clerics but there was no positive response.
The UDF, so far, lacks participation of this community. While several members of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) have extended support to the UDF, they have refused to take up any organisational responsibility.