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U.P. Shia Board chairman expelled from S.P.

Lucknow: Wasim Rizvi, chairman of Shia Waqf Board, U.P. who is also a former corporator of Lucknow Municipal Corporation was expelled by Samajwadi Party for six years because of indiscipline and anti-party activities. He had joined Samajwadi Party after it was voted to power in the assembly election last March. Independent observers however feel and say that truly speaking he was not guilty of indiscipline and anti-party activity. It was because of mutual recriminations between him (Rizvi) and Shia religious leader Maulana Kalbe Jawad. Both were accusing each other of misuse of Waqf properties. Maulana Kalbe Jawad had also been persistently demanding his removal as chairman of Shia’ Waqf Board. S.P. supremo, Mulayam Singh Yadav as well as chief minister Akhilesh Yadav could not afford to displease Mualana Jawad. Wasim Rizvi was therefore an easy target and he was expelled. Subsequently Shia Waqf Board was also dissolved by the state government and Wasim Rizvi had to resign as its chairman.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2012 on page no. 15

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