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After Kejriwal,Digvijay praises Bareilly cleric Raza

Digvijaya’s praise for Raza comes just days after the his party dubbed AAP as the B team of BJP following Kejriwal’s meeting with the cleric in Bareilly.

Written by PTI | Sambha | Published: November 11, 2013 3:28:16 am

Congress leader Digvijay Singh shared the stage with controversial Muslim cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan and praised him for working for “Hindu-Muslim unity”,days after his party attacked AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for meeting the religious leader.

Speaking at the inauguration of Kalki Mahotsava here Saturday,Digvijay praised Raza,who enjoys minister of state rank in UP government,and said that he along with Acharya Pramod Krishnan have started a mission of Hindu-Muslim unity in the country.

Lauding Raza,the leader of the Ittehad-e-Millat Council,for his views on protecting cows expressed at the function,Digvijay said that he had heard that he (Raza) triggered communal riots,but the “thoughts he expressed were a slap on the faces of those who make such allegations against him”.

The Congress general secretary also took a potshot at BJP saying it was him who constituted the first Gau

Sewa Ayog in the country in Madhya Pradesh,but the later BJP government in state dissolved it.

Earlier,inaugurating the cow shelter,Raza said the manner in which thousands of cattle were being slaughtered and exported to foreign countries was a matter of great concern and if it was not stopped a day would come when the children in the country would not get milk to drink. Raza said that a joint campaign was needed to save cattle.

Incidentally,Digvijay’s praise for Raza comes just days after the his party dubbed AAP as the “B team of BJP” following Kejriwal’s meeting with the cleric in Bareilly.

The BJP too had lashed out at the AAP leader saying he was playing the communal card and the meeting had exposed him.

Congress spokesman Meem Afzal had alleged that Kejriwal “whose politics originated with the backing of the RSS was trying to make Muslims a football” for electoral mileage.

However,Raza,talking to reporters after the function,said he supported AAP’s fight against corruption and communalism and if required he would “participate in Kejriwal’s election campaign”.

Raza said he met Kejriwal and “if the people raise questions let them do so”.

The cleric is known for having issued fatwas like

announcing bounty on

controversial Bangladeshi author Taslima Nasreen but Kejriwal had claimed that the cleric had distanced himself from it.

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