November 29, 2015 12:48:14 am
Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, has announced to campaign against the the ruling Samajwadi Party when Uttar Pradesh goes to polls in 2017.
Bukhari said the SP has betrayed Muslims. The community is fed up with the empty promises made by the party led by Mulayam Singh Yadav and will dethrone it by supporting other alternative, which may be BSP, he said. The Shahi Imam, however, did not commit for supporting BSP in 2017 polls, like the way he had done for SP in 2012.
“Not a single poll promise made to Muslims have been fulfilled by SP. Muslims are not getting justice but are at the receiving end in a series of communal riots. I am getting calls and people are contacting me voicing their anger towards SP as I had solicited their support for the party in 2012,” Bukhari told The Indian Express.
“I am not projecting any alternative but Muslims will decide how to defeat SP. It may be BSP, but I have not been contacted by any BSP leader so far,” he added.
Bukhari claimed that he himself will take up the responsibility of ousting SP in 2017 polls. “I will campaign against SP. I have decided to teach SP a lesson over the way it has treated Muslims. We feel cheated,” he added. Bukhari cited several unfulfilled promises including low representation of Muslims in government bodies, release of terror accused, security of Muslims and proper laws to prevent communal riots.
Incidentally, Bukhari son-in-law, Umar Ali Khan, is an SP MLC. He had unsuccessfully contested 2012 Assembly polls from Behat seat in Saharanpur as SP candidate. Later, he was nominated to the Legislative Council. “I am not concerned about Umar. I did not recommend him. It is his opinion to remain in party. I am going to oppose it,” the Shahi Imam said.
Bukhari also blamed UP minority welfare minister Azam Khan for the miseries of Muslims. “Just because of Azam Khan, Muslims are suffering. SP made Azam minister sand believes it is absolved of its duties. But, the day SP throws Azam out, every one, including Hindus, will celebrate like it was Diwali,” he said.
Bukhari also stated that SP can revive its chances if Azam is shown the door.
Earlier this week, Bukhari had issued a statement from Delhi claimed that a large section of Muslims are annoyed with SP due to “this arrogant minister” and have shown their resentment through their votes in the recently concluded panchayat polls.
He had also warned Mulayam that SP should not consider Muslims as its “bonded labourers”.
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