Founder of the United Democratic Front (UDF) Delhi Jama Masjid, Imam Maulana Ahmad Bukhari on Sunday criticised the Mulayam Singh Yadav government for hobnobbing with the RSS and BJP in the state.
Bukhari said that atrocities on Muslims had increased during the three-year regime of the Samajwadi Party.
Talking to media persons in Lucknow on Sunday, Bukhari, who had expressed willingness to have electoral alliance with the SP or BSP, targeted the state government for growing insecurity in the minority community.
He said that the government, in league with the RSS and VHP, was harassing the community. Bukhari added that while Muslim youths were being killed in fake encounters, girls studying in Madarsas were also not safe. He said that the SP-BJP nexus had pushed the entire eastern UP into communal conflagration.
Calling upon the community to be united during the assembly election, Bukhari said that they should demand proper representation in the government. "The government did not issue fresh notification in the Babri Masjid demolition case because of BJP pressure and the accused are roaming freely," he said.
Announcing that the state UDF had completed the candidate selection process for 200 seats, Bukhari said that remaining work would be completed at the party meeting on February 28. He further said that Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav was desperately trying to emotionally exploit the community to comeback to power. However, his game plan would not succeed, Bukhari said and added that the UDF would give tough fight to the SP. He also expressed possibility of an alliance with some parties.
Attacking the Congress for 'fake encounters' in Kashmir, Bukhari said that Muslims were being targeted after terrorists attacks on Sankat Mochan in Varanasi and Ayodhya. He also assailed Urban Development Minister, Mohd Azam Khan for misleading the community. Commenting that Khan was not a 'representative of Muslims' Bukhari said that he (Khan) was equally responsible for the atrocities on the community in the state. UDF president, Yusuf Qureshi announced canceling of the dharna on February 12.
Meanwhile, People's Democratic Front president, Dr Nihaluddin said that Muslim parties' unity should be on some ideology. He said that Muslim parties should maintain equal distance from the SP, Congress, BSP and BJP. He also condemned the rape in an Allahabad Madarsa and rising communal forces in eastern UP.