Bukhari forms UP United Democratic Front
Sharply attacking the secular parties, he said those parties hatched a well-planned conspiracy and compelled Muslims to vote for them.india Updated: Jun 10, 2006 20:29 IST
Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid Maulana Syed Ahmed Bhukhari on Saturday announced the formation of a political front for the forthcoming assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing a press conference at the Jama Masjid, Bukhari said the formation of the Uttar Pradesh United Democratic Front (UPUDF), was necessitated as 'the so-called secular parties have deeply disappointed the Muslims in the 57 years of independence, merely treating them as a vote bank.'
"Muslims supported with heart and soul all those political parties who raised slogan of secularism. But when the time came to fulfil the promises made to them, mode of functioning of all parties remained similar and even after passing of 57 years Muslims are deprived of their rights," he said.
Sharply attacking the secular parties, he said those parties hatched a well-planned conspiracy and compelled Muslims to vote for them showing the 'bugbear' of BJP.
"Whenever Muslims tried to unite politically, difference and dissension was created among them by showing bugbear of BJP," Bukhari said.
At present, the UPUDF comprises, besides Assam UDF, outfits and leaders like National Loktantrik Party and former Union Minister CM Ibrahim, who is the leader of All India Progressive Janata Dal. Leaders of these organisations were also present at the press conference.
Bukhari said the doors of the Front would be open to all parties and invited "all Muslim organisations and persons related to backward classes, Dalits, Scheduled Tribes, Brahmins and other castes" to join it.
First Published: Jun 10, 2006 20:29 IST