Muslims want PDF, UDF to bury hatchet
MUSLIM INTELLECTUALS are making desperate attempts to bring the leadership of the newly launched Peoples? Democratic Front (PDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF) to call a truce.Updated: Jun 18, 2006 00:26 IST
MUSLIM INTELLECTUALS are making desperate attempts to bring the leadership of the newly launched Peoples’ Democratic Front (PDF) and United Democratic Front (UDF) to call a truce.
There is a strong feeling in the Muslim fraternity that both PDF and UDF have come out of the blue to divide the crucial Muslim votes in the coming assembly elections. The intelligentsia want the two parties championing the cause of the Muslims to join hands instead of falling into the trap of certain political parties.
With popular thinking going along this line, several Muslim outfits have organised an all India Muslim Ittehad Conference on July 9. The basic objective of the conference is to facilitate a patch-up between UDF and PDF leaders in presence of top Muslim political and religious luminaries.
Qaumi Mushawarat Committee president Abul Barkat Najmi said PDF president Maulana Kalb-e-Jawwad and UDF’s Shahi Imam Ahmed Bukhari both had specially been invited to the conference.
Co-organisers Dr Tariq Mustafa, Abdul Rauf, Taffazul Hussain, Anis Ahmed and Wali Ahmed said both fronts were hell bent on taking a plunge in the assembly elections. This would not only divide the Muslim electorate but also bring leaders of the two parties to war.
“Ultimately the situation will be advantageous for the communal forces,” these leaders said.
The basic idea is to create a congenial environment for talks at the conference.
If the leaders of the two fronts fail to resolve their differences, a nationwide movement will begin for their social boycott. The intellectuals have appealed to the leaders not to get carried away and abstain from making comments against each other. “We want to promote Muslim unity to thwart the nefarious designs of communal forces at any cost. We will make all attempts to bring both Maulana Jawwad and Shahi Imam on a common platform,” said Najmi.
First Published: Jun 18, 2006 00:26 IST