United in criticising Mulayam govt
IN A fresh attempt to patch up with the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), newly appointed president of the UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF) Mohd Yusuf Qureshi today met PDF chief Maulana Kalbe Jawad. Both leaders expressed hopes of sorting out differences and working together in the State.
Yusuf Qureshi, brother of Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, told Hindustan Times that he was in touch with some other groups too.
Qureshi said the State executive committee would be expanded further to accommodate more people. His first priority, however, appeared to be a tie-up with Jawad. Earlier, talking to newspersons, chairman of the UDF supreme council and former Union Minister CM Ibrahmi too said that differences with Jawad would be sorted out soon. Jawad said there was room still for cooperation between the two fronts. Jawad said he shared good relations with Yusuf Qureshi.
Muslim Forum convenor and PDF leader Nihaluddin also said that the two fronts could work together and chalk out a common agenda for the community. He did not rule out the possibility of the PDF and the UDF leaders sharing the platform.
Yaqoob, who is not pulling on well with Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, said “Our best wishes are with the UDF”. The minister said Muslims had been forced to float the new organisation since they were feeling cheated.
Assailing the Mulayam government, Yusuf Qureshi directly targeted the Muslim ministers in the Cabinet. Taking cue from his brother Yaqoob Qureshi, who is at loggerheads with Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan, the UDF chief said Khan had done nothing for the welfare on the community. He said the Chief Minister too had not given important portfolios to the ministers. Qureshi said Muslims ministers Khan, Ahmad Hasan, Shakir Ali and others were “powerless”.
He said the Chief Minister was anxious over the formation of UDF and had now been enumerating welfare measures taken for the community. He said law and order situation had been fast deteriorating in the State and police atrocities on Muslims had increased.