Like Rahul, Mamata should also be more critical of Modi: Imam

Imam of city's Tipu Sultan Mosque Maulana Barkati lashed out at Modi for seeking the votes of the Muslim community.

Kolkata | Updated: March 18, 2014 12:17 pm

Accusing BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi of being an “opportunist“, prominent city cleric Maulana Barkati on Tuesday asked Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee to be more critical of Modi in order to prove her secular credentials.

The Imam of city’s Tipu Sultan Mosque, Maulana Barkati, told PTI, “We know she is secular, but if Mamata Banerjee wants to prove her secular credentials, she should be more aggressive and critical about Modi. Rahul Gandhi has been critical of Modi, we want Mamata Banerjee also to come out openly in criticising Modi.”

The cleric’s comment comes at a time when all political parties are aggressively trying to woo Muslims for their 28 per cent minority votes, which is a deciding factor for 28-30 seats of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state.

Barkati lashed out at Modi for seeking the votes of the Muslim community. “Why is he asking for the votes of Muslims, when he has a problem in wearing the Muslim cap? He should be ashamed about asking for our votes. He is an opportunist,” he charged.

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    Inayat hussain
    Mar 18, 2014 at 9:56 am
    THESE RELIGIOUS LEADERS ARE FOOLING MAMATA, AFTER CHEATING THE MUSLIMSI pity the wisdom of TMC as a political party- they have no idea about the facts about the Muslim community, their grievances and and their voting pattern.No Peer Saab or Imam, Shahi Imam or Shahi Shahi Imam can help Mamata win Muslim votes. Muslims don’t vote the way the majority community do.It frustrates me to find that despite being with the Muslims for years these political parties hardly know a simple fact that Muslims do not vote as per any fatwa, direction or decision or even appeal of any Muslim religious leader. If that has been the case been the Khadims of Ajmer Shareef would have been the ministers if not PM in this country !All parties gets “be-fooled” by the position of such Peer Saab and Imams, even this Indian Express article (incorrectly or unknowingly) states that lakhs travel to Furfura Sharif, but they travel to seek blessing of the Muslim Saint whose body rests in the grave there. They dont go there to seek blessing of Taha Siddiqui. He is just a care-taker of the shrine- nothing beyond that. According to Islam, none on this earth today have any holy power to bless anyone.I am dead sure that not even 100 Muslims who have visited the Furfura shrine in past years will follow Mr Siddiqui's appeal or order for vote.When Mamata Banerjee sought Muslim support to come to power in West Bengal few years ago, she believed that Imam Barkati, the chief cleric of Kolkata's Tipu Sultan Masjid wielded power in the community in the state. The mosque had taken part in lots of demonstrations in the state including the fierce one against Taslima Nasrin. She approached the Maulana before the 2011 state elections seeking his support.Then, as soon as Mamata won the 2011 elections, she knew that because of overwhelming Muslim support she had been able to throw the CPI-M out of power. She rewarded the Maulana with prize postings in different government bodies. Soon he became of a member in state Waqf Board and also Indian Railways.One of his son was given a permanent job in the electrical dept of Metro Railways, and another son was placed in the Kolkata Corporation as a Special Officer/Translator to the Munil Commissioner. This son was also nominated as a member in the Muslim Burial Ground Board of Kolkata, in addition to his appointment as a Govt registered Qazi.But like most Muslims of the state, the Chief Minister is unaware that this same Maulana solemnised Nikaah of a transgender with a man. It's Haram in Islam and it's punishment for a Qazi is extremely severe. More than 90% of Muslims of central Calcutta simply abhor the Maulana, identifying him as a highly corrupt man indulging in many secret dishonest and non-Islamic practices. TMC leaders should take a secret survey around Esplanade, Park Circus, Taltala to find out the truth.This Maulana who is viewed by Mamata as her saviour is corruption is known to all around the mosque. Because of his ill retion as a corrupt Imam, most Muslim shopkeepers around the mosque dont offer Namaz behind him. It is also no secret that because of his evil practices most of his all his old aids have shunned him.Mamata should not forget that the same Maulana was a key member of Atal Bihari Vajpayee Himayat Committee when her party was an ally of BJP during the run-up of 2004 general elections. If the Maulana wielded power or influence among Muslims, she could have prevented Mamata's debacle in that election and her MP strength could have not dropped to 1- after a big fall from 11.Muslims never voted for TMC following any command from the Maulana in 2011. If you take a survey of 100 Muslims in Calcutta or any Bengal district asking them if they followed the Maulana, I think 98 or 99 of them will say that they did not care what the Maulana advised on the line of casting of their votes.I cannot understand when the TMC and other political parties will realize that these so-called religious leaders are nothing but opportunists and they have no support from their community members.It's history now, how Maulana Barkati has minted money since Mamata installed him in plump positions. The Maulana cheated the Muslims and also now fooling Mamata. How long do we have to wait to know that our chief minister has realised the truth?
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    Rajendra Patel
    Mar 18, 2014 at 11:57 am
    IMAM WHAT YOU HAVE ADOPATED FROM HINDU RELIGION OR MENTIONED MUSLIM RULERS DEMOLISHED HINDU TEMPLES AND TOURCHERED MERCILESSLY, ANY COMMENT ABOUT BURNING HIDU TEMPLE IN STAN?
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    Raj Sinha
    Mar 18, 2014 at 3:43 pm
    Why this ideological hatred against Modi by the Imam?
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    Tutu Hombre
    Mar 18, 2014 at 7:23 am
    We have to do something about these Muslims. Seriously, we have to remove them from our country as best as we can. It is dangerous to have Muslims control our democracy and media in this way. If we all join hands and unite under God, then God will help us remove these Muslims from our land.Oh God Help us remove these Muslims from our country.
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