PDF is here to stay, Imam told
NEGOTIATIONS BETWEEN the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) led by Shia clergy Maulana Kalbe Jawad and UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF) of Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari have failed. Jawad has told Bukhari that he would not be able to wind up the organisation to join the UDF.
Jawad told Hindustan Times today that the merger of PDF with UDF was not possible. However he did not rule out the possibility of alliance at the time of Assembly election. The standoff between the two Muslim Fronts has been going on for over a month. Jawad had told UDF supreme council chairman CM Ibrahim at a meeting here on June 17 that he would decide about merger proposal within a few days. Jawad said today that he had already communicated to Bukhari about difficulties in the merger. Jawad said he wanted unity in the Muslim community but dissolution of PDF was not negotiable.
With negative response from the PDF, hence, Bukhari has decided to hold the UDF convention in Lucknow on July 5 to finalise office-bearers of the party. The UDF spokesperson Rahat Mahmood Chaudhury said that despite several meetings with Jawad there was no positive result. He said further delay in announcement of office-bearers would harm the party. “It is giving wrong message to the community”, Chaudhury commented. He said unity in the community was imperative but there was no such possibility in sight. He said Bukhari had also established contact with Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi. The UDF hopes that Qureshi would merge his Muslim Morcha into the front.
Jawad has already announced to contest for at least 147 seats in areas where he claims Muslims are in majority. According to the Election Commission data, there are 130 assembly segments in 35 parliamentary constituencies where Muslim percentage was more than 20 and it was for this reason the commission had directed to prepare voter lists in these constituencies in Urdu also.