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Ahmed group trying to get stay on elections

A DAY before the Muslim Association goes for polls first time in 13 years, the groups trying to capture the body are making desprate attempts to scuttle each other moves.
None | By HT Correspondent, Kanpur
PUBLISHED ON MAR 21, 2006 12:10 AM IST

A DAY before the Muslim Association goes for polls first time in 13 years, the groups trying to capture the body are making desprate attempts to scuttle each other moves.

If the dominant group of Fahim Ahmed is busy to secure a court order staying the election proceedings, the challengers Ishrat Qayyum-Haji Mobin have approached the DGP fearing violence from other side. Ahmed’s contention is that since the deputy registrar has given recognition to two treasurers, the elections on its own land in a technical glitch.

“Even if the elections take place, this point certainly will go in our favour. The deputy registrar must first clear who is the genuine treasurer before initiating the proceedings,” said an Ahmed confidante.

A listed don-turned-politician, Ahmed controls nearly nine Muslim institutions with vast properties and heavy cash inflow through Muslim Association.

On the other, Haji Mobin and Qayyum launched a frontal attack on the man who has an amazing knack of putting elections at bay. Although, Ahmed is an illiterate, his tactics have helped him control the body for last 13 years.

Qayyum today said all was a ploy to get the elections on a backburner so that he could enjoy another stint.

“Everyone knows how important elections are for the body and the institutions it runs,” Qayyum said. He reminded that the deputy registrar had only accepted the lists of members and office-bearers of two parties but never acknowledged there were two treasurers. The issue, he said, was being blown out of proportion to garner mileage.

The Qayyum and Mobin faction, who represents the tanners lobby, also met state police chief Yashpal Singh and apprised him of Ahmed’s criminal background and possible violence in the elections.

The duo urged him to deploy additional force and order the city police to keep Ahmed group on a tight leash for free and fair polls.

Interestingly, it was this faction that had brought Ahmed at the helm of affairs in 1993.

When the question was popped up to them, both were at pains.

Finally, Qayyum retorted that the decision certainly boomeranged with Ahmed making the association a private limited company, controlled by his family only.

“The corruption has reached at its peak and they must go,” he said.

But, the Muslim Association while trying to downplay the charges said in the last 13 years, the association’s financial health has improved. Whereas those controlling the body from 1965 to 1993 — the period when
Qayyum faction was dominating — only ruined it.t.

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