A day after he served a three-month ultimatum to Samajwadi Party government to fulfil the promises it had made to the Muslims before the 2012 assembly elections, Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari, on Sunday met Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to apprise him of his concern.
Coming out of the meeting, Bukhari claimed that the CM has “assured” to look into the demands and has also agreed to soon hold another meeting with him. “I told the chief minister about the concerns of the Muslim community looking at how the promises made to them have not been met. Some important demands were put before him,” Bukhari said.
Several issues such as release of innocent Muslims lodged in prisons, setting up educational institutions in Muslim-dominated areas, establishing Urdu-medium schools, recruitment of Muslims in police force and initiating the process to provide reservation to Muslims came up during the meeting, Bukhari said.
“We were told about the government schemes wherein 20 per cent quota for minorities have been earmarked. We asked him (Akhilesh) to get it implemented seriously,” he said. Bukhari also claimed that Akhilesh assured him about his government’s commitment for the welfare of Muslim community.
“The CM has assured us to consider our demands. We are hopeful of some results in our next meeting. He has assured us that next meeting with concrete results will be held shortly,” he said. Bukhari, however, maintained that his ultimatum of three months “still holds”.
“They have time to implement things and we, too, are hopeful. Our next course of action will be decided after the government’s response to our demands,” he said. Earlier, Bukhari had held a meeting of Muslim representatives from various districts in Lucknow and targeted SP government for not fulfilling promises made to the Muslim community.