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?Advani yatra will have no impact on masses?

?LK ADVANI should have consulted the ulema before deciding on the Ekta Yatra if his intentions were good.? This was stated by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, while talking to newspersons here on Sunday. He was in the city to preside over a religious discourse. Replying to a query related to Advani?s rath yatra, Jawad said, ?If Advani?s intentions are bona fide, then he should have taken the ulema into confidence before announcing the yatra.?

india Updated: Mar 27, 2006 00:57 IST

“LK ADVANI should have consulted the ulema before deciding on the Ekta Yatra if his intentions were good.” This was stated by Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad, while talking to newspersons here on Sunday. He was in the city to preside over a religious discourse.

Replying to a query related to Advani’s rath yatra, Jawad said, “If Advani’s intentions are bona fide, then he should have taken the ulema into confidence before announcing the yatra.” He asserted that the yatra would not have any impact on the masses.

On the Joint Ulema Council founded by him, Jawad said, “The council has been found to unite all sects of the Muslim community.” It would take up issues relating to Muslims, such as employment, education and other social issues, added Jawad. He added that a report would be prepared by the council on the status of Indian Muslims and problems being faced by them.

Commenting on the fact that when Muslims form such organizations, then members of the majority community also start uniting, Jawad said, “It is the right of everyone to form such organisations to protecting the interest of his community.” Mayawati united Dalits by forming such organisations, Jawad pointed out.

When told that Muslims leaders in political parties can also raise issues related to Muslims, Jawad said, “These leaders are bound by constraints and are more loyal to their political parties.”

Commenting on Jama Masjid Imam Ahmad Bukhari’s organisation, Majlis-e-Ithiad, Jawad said, “He is also doing the same work that I am doing.”

About the Muslim vote bank, Jawad pointed out that in the coming
elections, Muslims would not vote as a vote bank but as a political pressure group.