Lucknow: Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi, who is on a state-wide road show in Uttar Pradesh is trying to attract people of all religious communities in the most populous state in the country. He not just visited famed Muslim seminary Nadwatul Ulama but also held interaction with a delegation of Shia Muslims.
While some organizations are trying to create communal tensions in the state in the run up to UP assembly elections 2017, Congress party is working to create communal amity in the state.
The much talked about Khat Yatra that was being organized by the Congress party in the state has now reached major cities in the state with close to 200 million people.
A delegation of Shia Muslim leaders in the state met Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and aksed him to give more representation to the Shia Muslim community in the state. The Shia leaders met the Congress leader in the VVIP Guest House in the state capital. The delegation included renowned Shia leaders Kalbe Sadiq, Maulana Saif Abbas, Dr Ammar Rizwi and others.
Dr Kalbe Sadiq told the Congress vice president that despite the fact that there are at least 17 Shia majority assembly constituencies, Congress Party gave ticket to a single Shia in the form of Noor Bano (the numbers seems rather too high).
In Nadwatul Ulama, the Congress leader sat with some students of the seminary and discussed issues with them. He later held informal discussions with Maulana Rabe Nadwi, the rector of the Nadwa and president of All India Muslim Personal law Board. Besides the septuagenarian cleric he also met Dr Saeedur Rahman Azmi, Maulana Hamza Hasni Nadwi and others.
The Muslim scholars associated with the Nadwatul Ulama discussed the current situation in the country and the state. During the discussion with Rahul Gandhi, Maulana Rabe accepted that the situation was not very good in the state. He also told Rahul that he had held meeting with his mother and Congress President Sonia Gandhi recently. He enquired about the health of Mrs Gandhi. When Rahul requested the revered Islamic scholar to pray for him, the maulana said his best wishes are with whoever works for the peace, welfare and development of the country.
Nadwa’s PR incharge Hamza Hasani Nadwi said that the doors of the seminary are open for leaders of all political parties including the BJP. He added that Nadwa has hosted BJP leader and former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in the past and will have no issue if some of its leaders wanted to meet Nadwa ulama. (translated from Inquilab)