“Vajpayee answerable for Gujarat riots”
Lucknow: Muslim intellectuals have doubted Prime Minister Vajpyee's secularism and strongly criticised Muslim organisations and religious leaders who are directly or indirectly asking Muslims to cast their votes in favour of the BJP.
Chairman of Anjuman-e-Rasool, Maulana Sayyad Athar Husain, addressing a press conference here on May 2 said that the prime minister was answereable for Gujarat riots because these took place during his rule. He also criticised him for negotiating peace with Parvez Musharraf who captured power through a military coup, because such a man cannot safequard democracy and human rights. He also flayed Mulayam Singh Yadav for colluding with the RSS and BJP in pursuit of power. Criticising Delhi Jama Masjid's “Shahi Imam” for his appeal to Muslims to vote in favour of BJP, he said that an Imam cannot pronouce a Fatwa for political purposes. He warned Muslims to keep a distance from such religious leaders and
Maulana Shahid Raza Rizvi, chairman of Uttaranchal State Haj Committee, warned that a conspiracy was being hatched to deprive Muslims of their voting rights. Therefore, Muslims for their existence and rights should vote in large numbers in favour of the Congress Party and defeat fascist forces.
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