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CD shows Cong leader seeking votes in name of Islam

CD shows Cong leader seeking votes in name of Islam

Author: PNS
Publication: The Pioneer
Date: March 20, 2009
URL: http://www.dailypioneer.com/163861/CD-shows-Cong-leader-seeking-votes-in-name-of-Islam.html

BJP tells EC to take action

I regret not being a mufti. Had I been one, I would have issued just one fatwa that going with the BJP amounts to committing kufr." That was senior Congress leader Imran Kidwai speaking at an election rally in Chandigarh on March 15, the BJP told the Election Commission on Thursday.

Kufr, it explained, is blasphemy and disbelieving in the Quran or in any tenets of Islam and a person practising kufr is a kafir.

A party that is still reeling under attacks following Varun Gandhi's alleged "inflammatory remarks" against a community, stung the Congress on Thursday with a CD expose that shows the head of the Congress' minority cell invoking Islam to seek votes for the ruling party's candidate in Chandigarh. The CD was shown to journalists at the BJP headquarters.

When Kidwai spewed venom and sought votes on religious lines at a rally in the neighbourhood of Jama Masjid in the city, AICC in-charge for Punjab Mohsina Kidwai and party candidate and Union Minister Pawan Banswal were also present.

The BJP suspects that Kidwai's words might have the Congress' endorsement since the party has neither condemned nor distanced itself from the remarks of the senior party leader.

The BJP, which denied that the CD expose was a tit-for-tat reaction to the Varun Gandhi episode, has petitioned the EC to file a case against Kidwai. The BJP also wants the commission to act against the Congress for not distancing itself from the controversial remarks or taking action against the violation of the model code of conduct.

"The statement by such a senior Congress functionary seeking votes in the name of religion and making statements that endanger communal harmony between different communities is a clear and blatant violation of the election laws and code of conduct," BJP spokesman Balbir Punj told reporters here.

He maintained that while exhorting the Muslim community, Kidwai said had the Muslim community not been with the Congress, India would not have been able to attain independence.

"The personal law of Muslims is Shariat and the Congress has assured them that it would not be changed since Shariat is like imaan for Muslims," Kidwai appears saying on the CD even as he suggested that those seeking reforms were guilty of attacking the imaan of Muslims.


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