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Will Mulayam succeed?

WILL THE All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) come to the rescue of the ruling Samajwadi Party is the question doing rounds in the Muslim community after Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav?s meeting with chairman Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi on Sunday.

india Updated: Jul 11, 2006 01:40 IST
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Diverse voices in AIMPLB raises doubt

WILL THE All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) come to the rescue of the ruling Samajwadi Party is the question doing rounds in the Muslim community after Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav’s meeting with chairman Maulana Rabe Hasani Nadvi on Sunday.

“It is too late”, commented a senior member of the board on condition of anonymity. He said, people were aware, awakened and any attempt to influence the community through the board was unlikely to yield positive result. Moreover, senior members of the board were either in the People’s Democratic Front established by Maulana Kalbe Jawad or in the UP United Democratic Front (UPUDF) and they would not allow the board to take sides. Both PDF chief Kalbe Jawad and UDF’s strong supporter Zafaryab Jilani are AIMPLB members.

While large number of board members from UP are sympathetic to the Samajwadi Party, there is an equally strong group outside the State that is loyal to the Congress.

“In fact, political affiliation of board members varies from state to state,” said another member, adding, “The issue could crop up at the board’s Chennai meeting next month.” Though the AIMPLB had avoided extending direct support to any party in the past, its political cell Milli Council has always been active during the election to ‘guide’ the community about non-BJP candidates.

Moreover, with the formation of the All India Shia Personal Law Board (AISPLB) and All India Muslim Personal Law Board (Jadid), AIMPLB had considerably lost its sheen. With sharp differences among the Ulema (clerics) on various issues, the possibility of politically influencing the community seems far-fetched.

Yadav’s meeting is being seen among board members as a “damage control” exercise at a time when two Muslim fronts have been desperately trying to make a dent on the SP’s Muslim vote bank.

Refusing to comment on the meeting, however, Family Welfare Minister Ahmad Hasan, who accompanied the Chief Minister to the Nadwa, said “We have been regularly meeting Rabe Hasani Nadvi to seek his blessings”.

Hasan said Yadav had always been close to Nadwatul Uloom.