Bukhari meet with Sonia sparks controversy

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The Shahi Imam of the Delhi Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari had a meeting with Sonia Gandhi Tuesday at her residence. The 45 minutes meeting discussed “arrests of muslim youth, Sachar Committee, Ranganath Mishra Committee report implementation and anti communal violence bill,” as per Bukhari.

But the meet has started a controversy from within. Bukhari’s younger brother, Syed Yahya Bukhari had found fault with the actions of the muslim religious leader. “No body ever walked into doorsteps of a leader, howsoever, mighty that leader might have been. Indira Gandhi, Charan Singh, VP Singh and a host of other leaders they all had come to Jama Masjid to seek support. But my brother suddenly decides to meet Sonia Gandhi on his own, go to her place and pledge his support. I can’t imagine what prompted him but by doing so he has certainly not glorified the prestige of Jama Masjid. He has in fact damaged the honour of Jama Masjid”, Yahya Bukhari said.

“Where is secularism in Congress? Congress and BJP are two sides of same coin. What happened in BJP’s or Modi’s Gujarat is condemnable but how can one forgive Congress. This party engineered riots and killings of innocent Muslims in Bhagalpur, Maliana, Surat, Moradabad and several other places,” added Syed Yahya. “The Congress is creating a fear in name of Modi. A fear that once he come to power more and more Muslim youths would be sent behind bars in fictitious terror charges. The fear could be real also but is not a fact that so many innocent Muslim youths are today languishing in jails without ever having committed a crime,” finally declaring that he would oppose the decision of his elder brother on all forums.

In 1979, Indira Gandhi went to see the Jama Masjid’s the then Imam, Senior Bukhari. She had given a letter promising action on several Muslim related issues. The Imam then supported Indira. The present Imam, Ahmad Bukhari had supported AB Vajpayee led BJP in 2004, later Mulayam Singh Yadav in 2009. Statement favoring Congress from the Imam will help the party immensely in Delhi, UP and other muslim concentrated like Old City of Hyderabad.

At the same time AAP is saying that muslims this time are supporting AAP, “The tide has changed. Muslims no longer view Congress as the natural alternative to vote in order to keep communal forces at bay. During the Assembly elections, we received 15-20% of the Muslim vote in Delhi. In the Lok Sabha elections, we expect this to reach 80%,” said Irfanullah Khan, AAP Delhi leader.

Bukhari’s statement is expected on Friday.

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