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PDF a nonentity: Cong leader

STATE COORDINATOR of the Congress for the forthcoming municipal elections Fazle Masood has dubbed the newly constituted People?s Democratic Front (PDF) of Maulana Kalbe Jawwad as a non-starter. Masood was in the city to take part in a party meeting convened for the forthcoming civic bodies? elections.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 01:09 IST

STATE COORDINATOR of the Congress for the forthcoming municipal elections Fazle Masood has dubbed the newly constituted People’s Democratic Front (PDF) of Maulana Kalbe Jawwad as a non-starter.

Masood was in the city to take part in a party meeting convened for the forthcoming civic bodies’ elections.

Talking to newsmen on the occasion, Masood stated that the PDF had already proved to be a damp squib even before its formal launching.

Replying to a query on the influence of the party on Muslim voters of the state in the scheduled municipal corporation and Vidhan Sabha elections, Masood said, “ The party will have no influence on Muslim voters of the State. Even Muslims of the State capital, where it was formally launched, have rejected the party.”
He added that religion-based parties would adversely affect the secular fabric of the state.

Commenting on the future of PDF , Masood said, “ Religion -based parties have no future and this has been amply proved by the downfall of the BJP in the State.”

On the contentious issue of proposed reservation for OBCs in institutions of higher education, Masood said, “ It will be made sure that some one’s gain does not turn out to be others’ loss.” The interest of all sections of the community would be kept into consideration before imposing the proposed quota, he asserted .

Answering a query related to downfall of the Congress in the State, Masood pointed out that during the last 16 years religion and caste-based politics had played a major role in the State. But now traditional voters of the party who drifted away to the BJP were once again coming back to the party-fold.
Lambasting the Samajwadi Party for the deteriorating law and order situation in the State, Masood stated that the party would be wiped out in the coming Municipal Corporation and Vidhan Sabha elections in the State.

“More than 16,000 Congress workers are actively engaged in the municipal elections which are like a semi-final match for the Congress,” stated Masood.
After winning this semi-final, the Congress would win the Vidhan Sabha elections which would be like a final match for the party, he said.

He added that the raging power crisis in the State would also prove to be fatal for the Samajwadi Party in the municipal corporation and Vidhan Sabha elections.