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Bukhari demands President's rule in UP

The UDF will take a 'Sadbhavana Road Show' from Meerut to Muzaffarnagar on September 21.

india Updated: Sep 15, 2006 18:55 IST

Claiming that Uttar Pradesh's ruling Samajwadi Party has lost confidence of the people, Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Friday, demanded imposition of President's rule in the state.

If the Uttar Pradesh Assembly polls are held with the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in power, it would be equal to crushing democracy, Bukhari said at a meeting of newly-formed United Democratic Front, in which he is Patron, in Meerut.

He said the UDF is prepared to have poll alliance with any party except the BJP and SP. "UDF believes co-operation of all castes and communities and will take out a 'Sadbhavana Road Show' from Meerut to Muzaffarnagar on September 21 in which, UDF's national president CK Ibrahim will participate," he said.

Bukhari said the PDF has not received any application from jailed underworld don Abu Salem seeking a party ticket for contesting the next year's Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections.

"If Abu Salem is keen to contest polls no one can prevent him. The Election Commission's decision shall be final," he said.

First Published: Sep 15, 2006 18:55 IST