Karbala dispute: Shia clerics warn of withdrawing support to BJP

They said it would depend on Rajnath Singh whether he stops Delhi Police from creating hindrances.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:January 16, 2015 1:30 am

With just a few days left for the Delhi Assembly elections, the Shia Muslim clerics have said “they will be forced to reconsider their stance” keeping in mind the Jorbagh Karbala issue.

They said this would depend on whether Union Home minister Rajnath Singh stops the Delhi Police from creating hindrances in organising religious processions in the disputed Karbala area.

Maulana Kalbe Hussain, a member of Majlis Ulema-e-Hind, said, “A historical defeat was suffered by the Congress in the last Assembly elections after Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi made an appeal to voters to reject that party. If both the Congress and the BJP are bent on harming the Muslims, then we will be forced to reconsider our stance in the coming Delhi Assembly elections.”

Maulana Mohammad Qasim, Shahi Imam of Qanati Masjid, told mediapersons, “Home Minister Rajnath Singh should effectively control the police… He should understand the conspiracy well in time. If Singh does not heed our demands, Muslims will be forced to understand that the Congress and the BJP have a common agenda — that of harming the community.”

On December 30, the rituals related to the “alam” flag and paying respects at the seven graves in Rajdhani Nursery, adjoining the karbala, were kept in abeyance. The matter is now pending in the Delhi High Court and will be heard on Friday.

The Delhi Police had resorted to lathicharge when the situation got out of control outside the karbala on the occasion of Masoom ki Tazia. Shia devotees had refused to follow the directions put in place after the Delhi High Court issued orders restricting entry into Rajdhani Nursery premises.

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