SP trying to keep rebels away from Mayawati
Amid reports of an aggressive BSP trying to woo dissenting Samajwadi Party MPs, leaders of the Mulayam Singh Yadav's party are working overtime to redress their grievances over the decision to back UPA on the Indo-US nuclear deal.
Many Muslim MPs of the SP have come out in support of the party high command's decision, saying they are solidly behind Yadav.
Terming dissident Munnawar Hasan (from Muzaffarnagar) as an opportunist, Ruab Sayeeda (from Bahraich) told PTI that he is the lone Mulsim MP to have expressed his views against the party high command.
"All necessary explanations were sought from relevant authorities including former president A P J Abdul Kalam. Now there are no doubts either in the party leadership or among MPs," said Sayeeda who is also the wife of senior party leader and MLA Waqar Ahmed Shah said.
Party MPs Rashid Masood, Shafiqur Rehman Burq and Salim Shervani also said that they had no doubts and the nuclear deal is not anti-Muslim. They criticised BSP president Mayawati for giving the controversy a communal colour.
Sayeeda warned Muslims and their religious leaders against falling prey to her gameplan. "Muslims are not a separate entity and if the deal is in national interest, the community cannot keep harping on a mere speculation."