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Sunni Muslim clerics assure Congress of full support in Uttar Pradesh polls

October 24, 2011 - New Delhi

Sunni Muslim clerics representing the Barelvi sect have assured their support to the ruling Congress Party for the 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

With an aim to reaffirm this assurance, they visited the national capital on Monday to meet Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Prior to the meeting, the team of clerics interacted with Maulana Shanabil Raza, the General Secretary of the Sunni Jamaat-e-Ulema, and declared that their forum regarded the well-being of the nation as their prime priority and later any other political party or issue.

Maulana Raza also pointed out that he and his organisation would be throwing their weight behind the Congress Party candidates in the Uttar Pradesh elections next year on the contention that the party was dedicated for the betterment of the Sunnis Muslims.

"I would like to say that the Congress Party should be given a chance to govern in Uttar Pradesh. Its leadership is under Rahul Gandhi. This party thinks about the whole nation, for the Barelvi sect, for the Sunni sect. Also, it doesn't tolerate wrongdoings," said Maulana Shanabil Raza.

"So, such a party should be given a chance. This party thinks about the Sufi shrines, mosques and our various trusts," he added.

Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal accompanied the Sunni clerics for their parleys with Rahul Gandhi.

"These leaders want to meet Rahul Gandhi and discuss the conditions of Sufi shrines and mosques. Also, discussions will be held on the problems plaguing the country. They want the Congress Party to be strong so that the country grows stronger and stays united. This is why they are meeting him," Jaiswal told media persons.

The 2012 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls scheduled early next year are being seen as an opportunity for the Congress Party to establish a firm political base in the most populous state of the country, before the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Rahul Gandhi, who is determined to give a tough fight to the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) in the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, has been visiting the state on a very frequent basis. He has focused equally on Dalits, Muslims, other socially backward classes and marginalised Hindus during his visits to the state.


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