Civic polls in September
THE STATE Government has decided to hold the long-delayed local bodies? elections in September though writ petitions on the subject are pending in courts.india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 01:29 IST
THE STATE Government has decided to hold the long-delayed local bodies’ elections in September though writ petitions on the subject are pending in courts.
Urban Development Minister Azam Khan told newspersons on Tuesday that that the inordinate delay in holding the elections was due to a number of pending writ petitions in the Allahabad High Court and the Supreme Court. But, the government had now decided to hold elections without waiting for the court verdict, he added.
The minister said the elections would be held on the same seat reservation pattern as the previous civic polls. To a question, Khan clarified there was no move to hold indirect elections to the posts of chairmen and mayors. He accused the opposition of creating confusion on the issue. “The mayors and the chairmen will be elected in the same manner in which they have been elected in the past,” he added.
He refuted the Congress allegation that the Samajwadi Party was shying away from elections and said the people would soon show the Congress its place.
The minister also took pot-shots at Delhi Jama Masjid Imam Maulana Ahmad Bukhari. Khan asked him to discharge his duty of leading five-time prayers in the Jama Masjid as a “paid employee of the Sunni Waqf Board” instead of indulging in politics, which was not his domain.
He accused Bukhari of being hand in glove with the BJP and said he (Bukhari) should make up his mind on whether he wanted to be an Imam or a politician before joining hands with different political outfits. He charged Bukhari with getting two petrol pumps and two gas agencies from the Congress-led UPA Government. He claimed Bukhari always “changed colours and joined hands with vested political interests before major polls”. He said it was part of a larger game plan to divide Muslim votes and the Congress always played a vital role in that.
The sole goal of the Congress and “other communal and fascist forces” was to dislodge the SP from power. It was strange, he observed, that all had joined hands to target the SP and nobody was talking about the Congress, the BSP or the BJP “which harmed the society in so many ways”. He condemned the Congress, particularly UPCC chief Salman Khurshid, for launching a campaign against the SP. Khan said Muslims were used by the Congress as a vote bank for over 45 years, but the party could no longer befool the minority community.