AFTER FAILING to get a proper response from Muslims, the People’s Democratic Front (PDF) headed by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad appears to be headed for oblivion.
While one of the founding members of the front Arshad Khan has already taken refuge in the Jan Morcha of former Prime Minister VP Singh, others are also exploring options. Thus the disintegration process of the first much-publicised Muslim front has already started.
PDF chairman Kalbe Jawad has already held two rounds of meeting with Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav to sort out his differences, which had cropped up after the formation of the front. Jawad met Yadav on Friday to further press for the acceptance of his pending demands. Jawad’s meetings with Yadav have given impression about his tacit support to the Samajwadi Party.
During his first meeting, the chief minister had accepted his demand fpr appointment of a new chief executive officer of Shia Waqf Board, holiday of 13th Rajab (birthday of Imam Ali), funds to waqf board, solution to the problems of Hussainabad trust and release of three attached mosques in Lucknow. Jawad, who had repeatedly accused the chief minister of doing nothing for the welfare of the Muslim community, has now toned down his criticism, which has paved the way for rapprochement between the two.
While the Muslim leaders of the Samajwadi Party have targeted Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari, they are silent over Jawad. Interestingly Jawad had announced to field candidates in at least 147 Muslim-dominated Assembly constituencies.
Now the field is left open for the UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF) of Ahmad Bukhari.
The formation of two Muslim fronts had caused ripples in the state’s political circles. While the fledgling UPUDF has still been making efforts to gain ground, the PDF’s organisational gearing up has virtually stopped. Those who had aligned themselves with the PDF are now sulking.
While Arshad Khan is now trying to jump on the Jan Morcha’s bandwagon, Mohd Suleman of the Indian National League is yet to find an alternative. The Momin Conference has switched over to the UDF.