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Bukhari likely to announce support to Cong, AAP claims Muslims rooting for Kejriwal

An endorsement from Bukhari can bolster Congress’ campaign in the LS elections.

Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2014 9:27 am
bukhari Sources close to Bukhari said the decision to support the Congress has been finalised and an announcement is likely on Friday. (PTI Photo)

While Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Bukhari is likely to announce his support for the Congress on Friday, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) stuck to its guns, claiming that the situation has changed radically since the Delhi Assembly elections and that Muslims were now rooting for the AAP.

On Tuesday, a delegation of Muslims leaders led by Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari met Congress president Sonia Gandhi at her 10, Janpath residence.

After a meeting that lasted 45 minutes, Shahi Imam Bukhari said issues such as, “the arrest of Muslim youths in terror cases, implementation of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission recommendations and Anti-Communal Violence Bill” were discussed.

Sources close to Bukhari said the decision to support the Congress has been finalised and an announcement is likely on Friday.
While an endorsement from Bukhari can bolster the Congress’s campaign in the upcoming elections, especially in Uttar Pradesh, the AAP believes that by directly contesting against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal can change equations.

Four of the eight seats that the Congress managed to win in the Delhi Assembly elections came from areas where the Muslim population was significant.

“The tide has changed. Muslims no longer view Congress as the natural alternative to vote in order to keep communal forces at bay. During the Assembly elections, we received 15-20% of the Muslim vote in Delhi. In the Lok Sabha elections, we expect this to reach 80%,” Irfanullah Khan, leader and the president of AAP’s Jamia Nagar coordination committee, said.

Fearing this loss from their traditional vote bank, the Delhi unit of the Congress had proposed the fielding of at least one Muslim candidate from Delhi for the Lok Sabha elections.

But with each of the seven sitting MPs being renominated by the party, senior Congress leaders said that they expect the endorsement from the influential Muslim cleric to further consolidate their vote bank.

“The Congress will get the Muslim votes in Delhi. Bukhari’s endorsement of the Congress party will help us win votes not just in Delhi but elsewhere as well,” senior Congress leader Mateen Ahmed said.

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  1. P
    Nov 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm
    If one family has 4-5 children -they are unlikely to go to school and improve their social and economic status. They are more interested in religion than their own kith and kin. having one kid many can't send them to good schools. I think no govt rich or poor can support such a demography unless this changes in Muslim community. The Govt can't help them and do redistribution . after 20 years again we will have to redo the redistribution to them again as the demography will have changed in the community.The community itself has to come with radical answers to grow economically and socially. No Govt can help them.
    1. B
      bhumi panchal
      Apr 3, 2014 at 7:44 am
      Gujarat, Farmers & Betrayals:www.youtube/watch?...First he ordered evacuation of Sikh farmers from Punjab and Haryanawho have been dwelling in the dry region of Kutch since decades. Then he makesa statement at the recent Punjab rally that no Sikh farmer will be evacuatedfrom Gujarat.This is nothing but a political lie. If he wo concerned with these Sikh farmers, why didn't he make the same statementbefore the farmers themselves? If he wanted these farmers to stay in Gujarat,why didn't he stop his own government from approaching the High Court?Don't get fooled by his words!
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        bhumi panchal
        Apr 3, 2014 at 7:43 am
        Tirchhi Topiwale Feku:www.youtube/watch?v...He absolutely loves two things: "TopiPehenna" and "Topi Pehnana"!"Topi Pehnana" is an expression thatmeans "to fool someone". This goes in line with what Fekuji has beendoing since 12 years in Gujarat. He has fooled people with his fake promises,the illusion of development and false hopes. He has been misleading people withhis marketing gimmicks.Funny take on Fekuji and his antics...
        1. A
          Apr 3, 2014 at 10:23 am
          No religious leaders such as Bukhri, Ram Dev or else should be listen. Muslims have faced all out downfall in terms of Government jobs, literacy, business and hence are at lowest status to SC/STs. Even if Hindu SC accept Islam, his reservation is cancelled. Hatred politics has succeeded to put Muslims in jail. polarization of votes may one time benefit to some party but at the end of the day Indian democracy will suffer, if all people are not taken on Board for equal distribution of living fruits in terms of jobs, business and Bureaucracy.
          1. M
            Apr 4, 2014 at 12:01 am
            Who will listen to Bukhari? I think Muslims in India are making their own choices in election and do not need the advice of ble mullahs. Bukhari after being rejected from all quarters is simply trying to show that he is important where in reality he is not. Congress must keep distance from such people lest it loses more than it gains.
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