Ending the weeklong controversy,Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari agreed to let his son-in-law Umar Ali Khan file his nomination for the Legislative Council elections slated for April 26.
The cleric,who had said Umar would not file his nomination unless the SP named at least two Muslims among its eight MLC candidates,took the decision after his meeting with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday.
The SP refused to change any candidate it had already announced Umars candidature but said it would nominate a Muslim for the council seat vacated by former CM Mayawati after she was elected to the Rajya Sabha. The CM also assured Bukhari of increasing Muslim representation in the Cabinet to five from the present three and appointing Muslim officials to key administrative posts.
The row began last week after senior SP leader Azam Khan objected to Umars candidature,saying he had lost the Assembly polls,leading to a war of words between him and Bukhari.
After landing in Lucknow,Bukhari said: Muslims had crowned SP in the Assembly elections,but they have been given a raw deal. I will discuss this with Mulayam Singh. Referring to Azam Khan,he said: One SP leader tried to create misunderstanding. But it is the concern of Mulayam.
After the meeting,Bukhari and Akhilesh issued a statement that Umar would file his nomination on Friday.