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Muslims plan Assam-type front in UP

EMBOLDENED BY Muslims? victory under the banner of United Democratic Front (UDF) in Assam assembly elections, Shahi Imam Jama Masjid Delhi Ahmad Bukhari, prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad and other Ulema (clerics) have decided to launch similar political front in UP. While preliminary meetings have already been held in Delhi, various Muslim splinter groups are scheduled to meet here on Monday to adopt ?Assam model? for UP.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 01:19 IST
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EMBOLDENED BY Muslims’ victory under the banner of United Democratic Front (UDF) in Assam assembly elections, Shahi Imam Jama Masjid Delhi Ahmad Bukhari, prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad and other Ulema (clerics) have decided to launch similar political front in UP.

While preliminary meetings have already been held in Delhi, various Muslim splinter groups are scheduled to meet here on Monday to adopt ‘Assam model’ for UP.  

Talking to the Hindustan Times on the phone from Delhi on Sunday, Ahmad Bukhari said that there was Muslim leadership vacuum in UP and efforts would be made to mobilise various organisations to come on a platform to contest the election unitedly. He said that performance of the UDF in Assam was quite encouraging and UP could copy it.

However, Kalbe Jawad wanted Ulema-controlled political front. He said an advisory board of Ulema should be constituted to lead the political front. Jawad said just induction of few ministers was not enough and the community wanted proper ‘power-sharing’ in the government.

Criticising the Samajwadi Party-led coalition government, Bukhari said that Muslims had already started distancing themselves from the party. He said that the UP Government had done nothing for Muslims. Bukhari said mobilisation of the community was not against constitutional norms.

He said so far all political parties had exploited the community for votes.
 The Imam said that without a strong political platform there was no possibility of proper welfare of the community. “In disarray, the community will only suffer,” Bukhari said and added he would not take any official position in the proposed front.

About association with minister for haj and minorities welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi, who has also floated Muslim Vikas Manch, Bukhari said since the minister was in the SP, there was no possibility of alliance.

 Pointing out that all electoral modalities would be chalked out at the meeting here, Bukhari said alliance with other parties was right now not on agenda.
 “Our target is unity in the community”, he said.