A clerics’ body here Sunday extended support to AAP candidate Arvind Kejriwal, who is pitted against BJP’s Narendra Modi and Congress’s Ajay Rai. After a meeting here, the Mufti Board of Varanasi issued a statement saying that it has decided to support Kejriwal in Varanasi, where Muslims account for about 18 per cent of total electorate of close to 16 lakh. “It was decided that votes should be cast on broom election symbol to ensure victory of Arvind Kejriwal in this election,” the Mufti Board Benaras said in a statement. Mufti Board Benaras secretary Maulana Haseem Ahmad Habibi, also Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Badshahbagh, said that Kejriwal was an “honest man and therefore we have decided to support him”.
Separately, Shahar-e-Mufti Maulana Abdul Batin told media that the Muslims should ensure that there was no division of votes and the communal forces are defeated. Batin, an influential leader, also said that Kejriwal appeared in better position to challenge Modi. He, however, refused to directly endorse any of the candidates. (PTI)
EC notice to Kejriwal
AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal was on Sunday served a notice by the Election Commission for having allegedly told an election meeting in Amethi that those who vote for the Congress or the BJP would be betraying both God and the country. Holding him in prima facie violation of the model code of conduct, the EC has asked Kejriwal to explain his stance on the matter before 5 pm on May 13. “Agar Amethi ka koi aadmi Congress ko vote karta hai, toh bhai bura mat manna desh ke saath gaddari karega who. Bhai galat toh nahin keh raha main? Ek baar phir main keh raha hoon ki ek bhi vote agar Congress ya BJP ko pada toh aap khuda ke saath, desh ke saath gaddari karoge,” Kejriwal allegedly said at a poll meeting in Amethi on May 2. (ENS)