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Was Jawad taken for a ride?

A ROW has erupted in the Muslim community over formation of the People?s Democratic Front (PDF), headed by prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad. The cleric, too, is now in a dilemma over the post-launch development. There is a feeling in the community that Jawad, who is quite popular and has a strong base among Shias, has been taken for a ride by ?some rootless? people to serve their vested interests.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 01:32 IST
M Hasan

A ROW has erupted in the Muslim community over formation of the People’s Democratic Front (PDF), headed by prominent Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad. The cleric, too, is now in a dilemma over the post-launch development. There is a feeling in the community that Jawad, who is quite popular and has a strong base among Shias, has been taken for a ride by “some rootless” people to serve their vested interests.

Rival factions within the Shia community and outside have reacted sharply to the formation of the PDF under his leadership. And the Front, with its present constituents, is likely to meet a dead-end.

Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari has jumped out of the PDF bandwagon, accusing the participants of forming the organisation in a hurry. Reports indicated that some forces were bent upon pulling the rug from under Jawad’s feet. His statement against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is being seen in this context.

The Yadav-Jawad relationship has been damaged beyond repair. His sympathizers in the ruling Samajwadi Party today expressed concern over it.

Taking a cue from Iranian politicians, Jawad plunged himself into the highly sectarian and caste-ridden politics in the State. But even before the PDF could take concrete shape, the sharply divided Muslim leadership came out with “you-are-not-acceptable” comments.

While the Sunni Youth Federation, headed by Salahuddin Abu Bakra, said the Front was not in the interest of Muslims, Naib Imam Eidgah Maulana Khalid Rashid said such a Front would only help the BJP. Rashid said by joining politics, the Ulema (clerics) had been trying to further foment communal hatred in the society. But when such a Muslim Front was against the Muslim interests, the question doing the rounds in the community was why most of the Muslim organisations, including those now opposing the Front, had assembled in Delhi last month to discuss the issue with Bukhari. The reason is not far to seek. It is something directly connected with Kalbe Jawad.

Rashid said the PDF had been talking about contesting elections in 147 constituencies. But, in the electoral history of UP, no Muslim party could ever win even a single seat. He said even the Muslim-dominated Lucknow West seat had always gone to the BJP. He said such a Front would only harm secular parties. Rashid also said the Assam situation could not be replicated in UP.

He said the Front would only help in polarisation of votes during assembly elections. 

Referring to the move of Imam Jama Masjid Delhi Ahmad Bukhari to stay away from the PDF, Jawad on Tuesday said Bukhari himself wanted to make the announcement. Jawad said that since all arrangements had been made, announcement could not be delayed. Jawad, however, said that he would still like Bukhari to guide the front.