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The Indian Herald

January 24, 2009

SP's Muslim leaders unhappy with Kalyan's entry

Muslim leaders of Samajwadi Party (SP) have voiced concern over Kalyan Singh's entry into the party as it can upset Muslims who remember his role in Babri Masjid demolition.

Several leaders are questioning the motive and have warned the party leadership that it may prove costly for the SP. The SP supported Rajya Sabha MP Mohammad Adeeb has said that it will hurt the chances of party in the Lok Sabha elections.

"He was instrumental in the demolition of the Babri mosque at Ayodhya on December 6, 1992 and was Chief Minister when the mosque was demolished by Kar Sewaks", said Adeeb.

Another senior leader Qazi Rasheed Masood said that it was worrying development as Muslims aren't comfortable with Kalyan Singh. Singh had earlier also left BJP to join SP. He had then tried to mend fences with Muslim community.

But when he returned to BJP, he had again turned a hardliner. This had angered Muslims, who are now wary of his second entry in the party. Singh, who was once the most aggressive face of Hindutva in Uttar Pradesh (UP), has joined SP to get ticket for his son Rajbir.

Mulayam Singh hopes to get the support of backward castes like Lodhs. But many fear that it can cost him his Muslim vote, which is crucial for the party. However, SP leader Amar Singh said that the decision to induct Kalyan Singh was taken by Mulayam and anybody who objects to it can leave the party.

TIH Bureau

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