Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has been invited as the chief guest at a programme for the ‘educational uplift of Muslims’. Maulana Azad National Urdu University Chancellor Zafar Sareshwala has organised the event — Talim Ki Taqat — in Lucknow on Sunday.
Sareshwala met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Tuesday to invite him, but the CM expressed his inability to attend due to a prior engagement in Saifai Mahotsav.
Sareshwala, who is considered close to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also invited local clerics including Nadwatul Uloom, but none of them confirmed their participation.
“The programme is non-political and concerned only with empowerment of Muslims through education. Rajnath Singh is Lucknow MP and Home Minister and Akhilesh Yadav is CM, so I extended invitations to them,” Sarshwala told The Indian Express.
He said the programme would be attended by Supreme Court Justice M Y Eqbal, Vice-Chancellor of University of Mumbai Sanjay V Deshmukh, chairman of Export Import Bank of India Yaduvendra Mathur and cleric from Deoband Maulana Saqib Qasmi. A delegation of AMU alumni and its faculty will also attend the function.
About the event, which is being organised for the first time in Lucknow, Sareshwala said the community should make an effort to be aware about the power of education. “For once the community should drop its political mindset and make education their priority. We have arranged luminaries to address the community. If we lag in education, we will be offered only three posts-waqf board, haj committee and minority commission. We need to move ahead and development is possible through education,” Sareshwala said.