Caste major player in Azamgarh polls
Published: Thursday, Feb 9, 2012, 10:48 IST
Place: Azamgarh | Agency: PTI
Caste, and not religion, is a major player in the February 11 assembly
election in this eastern Uttar Pradesh district which has been in
limelight due to the alleged involvement of its youths in terror
But religious leaders from the Muslim community maintain that
elections are an important means to highlight their demands including
the need to speed up trial of the accused so that justice is delivered
"In 2010, (Congress general secretary) Digvijay Singh had assured an
NIA probe into all terror cases and speedy trial of the accused....he
had said that all cases will be tried in one place and not different
"But nothing has happened," said Masiruddin Sanjari who belongs to
Sanjarpur village from where more than 12 accused in various cases
A social activist, he said at least a speedy trial could be ensured
"on the lines of Ajmal Kasab" the lone surviving convict in Mumbai
To highlight the cause of Muslims in the district, the Ulema Council
has jumped into the fray by fielding 170 candidates across Uttar
Council president Maulana Aamir Rasadi, while accusing BJP of going
soft on terror during the NDA rule, slammed Congress for shedding
"crocodile tears" to further its political interests.
"BJP released terrorists in Kandahar who later targeted India....they
should not talk about terrorism," he said.
When asked why Ulema Council protested before Congress leader Rahul
Gandhi during his recent visit to Azamgarh, he said Congress had been
shedding "crocodile tears" in support of Muslims to further its
"While Digvijay Singh says Batla House encounter is fake, Home
Minister (P Chidambaram) says its genuine...we have been demanding a
probe by a Supreme Court judge. Why not accept it?" he asked.
He claimed that post-mortem reports of those killed in the encounter
showed that they were killed point blank even as he alleged a
conspiracy behind the death of Delhi Police inspector Mohan Chand
Sharma in the same case.
The Ulema chief suggested a Left-led third front could be the best
choice for governance.
Most of the ten assembly seats in this district are dominated by
backwards where BSP has six sitting MLAs and the SP four.
The fight among parties is to get maximum number of votes from the community.
UP Assembly Speaker Sukhdev Rajbhar, Madhya Pradesh Governor and
Congress veteran Ram Naresh Yadav's son Ajay and wife of sitting BJP
MP Ramakant Yadav are in the fray.
While Rajbhar is contesting from Didarganj, Ajay Naresh Yadav is
contesting from Phulpur seat so far held by Arun Yadav who till
recently was with SP.
Arun, son of Ramakant Yadav, is now contesting on a BJP ticket from
Jalalpur seat in Ambedkar Nagar district.
The MP's nephew Virendra is contesting from Phulpur on a BJP ticket,
while his (Ramakant's) wife has been fielded by BJP from Nizamabad.
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