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Bose gets a dose from Muslims: say sorry for loose 'talaq' talk

Bose gets a dose from Muslims: say sorry for loose 'talaq' talk

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: May 5, 2009
URL: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/bose-gets-a-dose-from-muslims-say-sorry-for-loose-talaq-talk/454681/

Anger among Muslims ran high in the run-up to the second phase of Lok Sabha polls in Bengal due on May 7, with community leaders demanding an apology from Left Front chairman Biman Bose, who had allegedly drawn parallels between Muslim marriages and the Trinamool-Congress alliance.

At a rally in Midnapore last week, Bose, while mocking Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee's alleged flip-flop while choosing political partners, had said, "Sometimes, they are with one party and then again, they have a tie-up with others. Initially, they were running a household with the BJP. Then they said talaq, talaq, talaq and now they have joined hands with the Congress."

On Monday, members of the All India Minority Forum took out a protest march and its leaders threatened to organise a bigger one if Bose did not apologise immediately.

Led by AIMF president Idris Ali, the march started from the Aliah University around 3 pm today. "We demand an apology from Biman Bose immediately. Talaq is a very serious affair and it is extremely unfortunate that Bose used it in such a degrading context. Talaq is not as frivolous as he made it out to be," Ali said.

The protest march went through Taltala Lane towards the Alimuddin Street-based CPM office, but was stopped near the Missionaries of Charity home on AJC Bose road around 4:30 pm. Members of the Forum then spoke to the police and conveyed to them their demands to Bose.

Also present in the protest march was Harzrat Maulana Noorur Rehman Barkati, the Shahi Imam of Tipu Sultan mosque and Hazrat Rehman Ali, secretary, Jamat-E-Islami Hind. A month ago, the Shahi Imam had appealed to Muslim voters to back the Trinamool-Congress alliance, so that a Congress government could be formed at the Centre.

Idris Ali was arrested in 2007 on charges of rioting while pressing for the extradition of the controversial Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen, who was then staying in Kolkata. Ali on Monday threatened that if Bose did not apologise publicly, the anger might snowball into a major outburst.

Bose was out of Kolkata on election campaign and could not be contacted.

Senior CPM leader Rabin Deb, who is pitted against Mamata Banerjee in Kolkata South, too refused to comment.

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