IN A last ditch attempt to save the fast disintegrating People’s Democratic Front (PDF), Maulana Abul Irfan Qadri Firangi Mahli was made its new chairman on Sunday.
The post had fallen vacant following sudden resignation of prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad on Saturday.
Talking to newsmen on Sunday the PDF partners also flayed Jawad for not taking them into confidence before resigning. While the PDF has already failed to evoke positive response from Muslims, the resignation of Jawad has landed the front into identity crisis. Now, the PDF constituents — the Muslim Forum, the Indian National League (INL), the National Loktantrik Party (NLP) and the Momin Conference — have been desperately trying to keep the party afloat.
While the Kanpur-based Indian National League of Mohd Suleman has hardly any following, Arshad Khan of NLP has failed to join the Jan Morcha Alliance of Raj Babbar. He met the JMA leaders recently but his rival Dr Masood Ahmad scuttled his move to join the Alliance. The Momin Conference was also present at the last month meeting of the UP United Democratic Front of Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari.
Since the most partners were a political non-entity, Jawad had given them a certain amount of recognition but his departure has rendered them like rudderless boat.
Jawad has also exploited Maulana Abul Irfan to create a rift in Firangi Mahal. Since there was too much bad blood between Jawad and real Ulema (clerics) of powerful Firangi Mahal, he joined hands with Abul Irfan Qadri to float the PDF. Qadri was then appointed PDF patron.
After over as the PDF chief, Qadri said that the journey of PDF would continue and added only team leader had changed. General secretary Nihaluddin said that Jawad was ad hoc chairman and he should have taken the constituents into trust before stepping down.