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Make your agenda public: Azam to Sudarshan,Sadiq

Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan said Shia cleric Kalbe Sadiq and former RSS chief K S Sudarshan should make their agenda public.

Samajwadi Party leader Mohammad Azam Khan on Monday said Shia cleric Kalbe Sadiq and former RSS chief K S Sudarshan should make their agenda public.

Reacting to the meeting on Friday in which Kalbe and Sudarshan discussed electoral reforms and appealed to people to vote for honest candidates irrespective of their castes and creed,Khan said “both of them should make their agenda public”.

“Kalbe Sadiq is associated with AIMLB and also an Islamic scholar. His meeting with former RSS chief is certainly in bad taste,” he said adding that he would like to know the view of AIMPLB on the issue. Commenting on the recent anti-corruption campaigns,Khan said he had nothing against Baba Ramdev,Anna Hazare or Sri Sri Ravishankar,but suggested that those who are visiting UP for a campaign against corruption should not target one party.

The SP leader said the protesters should also speak up against corruption under the BSP government in the state. He pointed out that several UP ministers have lost their post after indictment by the Lokayukta. “Once the Lokayukta passes orders in all pending cases, there would be no government left in the state,” he remarked.

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Khan also accused AICC general secretary Digvijaya Singh of harming the established leadership of Muslim community by undertaking frequent visits to the Muslim-dominated areas across the state. He said Singh should spend some time in his own state Madhya Pradesh where his mistakes had led to the formation of the BJP government. Last week,Digvijaya visited Bareilly and Deoband. He also met chairman of All India Muslim Personal Law Board Maulana Rabey Hasni Nadvi in Lucknow.

Reacting sharply to Azam Khan’s comments,Sadiq termed the SP leader an irresponsible political leader and said harm to the Muslim community was not caused by the BJP or the Congress but by leaders like Azam. “There is a basic difference between my and Azam Khan’s thinking. I am ready to join hands with any person in the interest of the country be it former RSS chief or any other person. And such an ideology does not promote fascists,” he said.

(With PTI inputs)