DELHI JAMA Masjid Imam and UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF) patron Ahmad Bukhari on Sunday opened a front against All India Muslim Personal Law Board president Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi for lauding Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav. He also threatened to expose the AIMPLB president, if the latter tried to indulge in politics to help the Samajwadi Party.
Reacting sharply to Nadvi’s meeting with the chief minister, Bukhari told Hindustan Times on the phone from Delhi that the board should keep off political activities. “If the board makes any attempt to support the SP, it will also be exposed,” he said and added, “of late the AIMPLB has been talking in the tone of the Samajwadi Party”. He said the board should not become a ‘bhonpu’ (loudspeaker) of the Yadav Government.
He also said Nadvi had lauded Yadav recently in an interview to an Urdu newspaper. He said he would deal firmly with the AIMPLB on the issue. “The board should stay away from politics,” he said.
Targeting the chief minister, Bukhari wanted to know why Yadav was enumerating the government’s welfare measures for Muslims. Asserting that these were “a bundle of lies”, Bukhari said communal riots in Mau and Aligarh had exposed the government. The Imam said if the board was allowed to become a political battleground, the UPUDF would take up the issue at its rally in Lucknow next month. He said Nadvi’s interview had already indicated the way the board was heading in UP. He alleged that a member of the AIMPLB was behind the Nadvi-Yadav talks.
People’s Democratic Front (PDF) president Maulana Kalbe Jawad said Yadav had finally reacted under the pressure of the PDF. Jawad said the government had so far done nothing for Muslims and even now there were only assurances.
He said instead of depending on any other party, the community should strive for its empowerment. Jawad said the PDF was working in this direction.