THE BABRI Masjid demolition case has created a piquant situation within the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), which seems to be a ‘divided house’ on a fresh notification in the case.
While some senior AIMPLB ulema (clerics) desperately want to avoid creating any problem for Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in the run up to assembly election in the state, there are others who have been pressing the leadership to take on the state government on the issue.
At the executive committee meeting in Delhi on Sunday, the ‘Babri brigade’ forced the members to adopt a resolution asking AIMPLB chairman Maulana Rabe Hasan Nadvi, whose proximity with Yadav and Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan is well known, to lead a delegation to the chief minister to press for a fresh notification. Vice chairman of the board and Shia cleric Dr Kalbe Sadiq is also a supporter of SP. Yadav had only recently announced to provide land and Rs 25 lakh financial assistance to his proposed girls college.
The board has long been demanding a fresh notification clubbing case number 197 and 198 so that trial could be taken up in a Lucknow court.
Even though Yadav in the past had announced in the Lok Sabha that a notification would be issued whenever his party came to power, no action had been taken even after the lapse of more than three years, commented senior board member Qasim Rasool Ilyas. Another member Zafaryab Jilani too is unhappy with the government on the issue. Azam Khan, who has long been pretty vocal on the issue, has now adopted a stoic silence.
AIMPLB sources told HT on Tuesday that Yadav was not happy with the “Milli Council”—a political wing of the board— which had supported the BSP and the Congress along with the SP in the last Lok Sabha election.
While Qasim Rasool Ilyas recently said that “time is running out”, those close to the Samajwadi Party are in no mood to create problems for the government at the time of elections.
Talking to HT Ilyas said the Yadav government had been protecting the BJP leaders. He said if the case pending against BJP leaders LK Advani, MM Joshi and others in Rae Bareli was clubbed with the Lucknow case, the trial could be speeded up.
But the state government is evidently avoiding issuing a notification.
The board during the last three years has sent half a dozen letters on the issue to the chief minister but to no firstname.lastname@example.org