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BSPís Muslim leaders tilt towards Cong
SMA Kazmi
Tribune News Service

Dehradun, May 14
Although the BSP in Uttarakhand is likely to increase its vote share in the Lok Sabha elections, the party stands bruised by the activities of some disgruntled legislators from Haridwar.

Qazi Nizamuddin, a two-time BSP legislator from the Mangalore assembly segment in Haridwar, has raised a banner of revolt against the party leadership. The Qazi chose not to attend the May 11 rally of the party supremo, Mayawati, in Haridwar.

The legislator wants a categorical assurance from the party leadership that there will be no alliance with the BJP after the declaration of Lok Sabha results. He had written a letter to Mayawati in this regard.

Since, he did not get a reply, he decided to skip the election rally of the party chief.

ďI have revolted against the arbitray policies of the leadership. We, the legislators, have the right to know what will be our stand after the elections. Since we have won on a secular vote, we canít be part of any BJP-led alliance,Ē Qazi Nizamuddin said.

It was the battle for Muslim votes that has led to re-alignments of forces in Haridwar district, a BSP bastion.

The party has emerged a powerful political force due to the large concentration of Dalit and Muslim communities in the district. Dalits account for 25 per cent and the Muslims 27 per cent of the total population here.

Sources say Congress leader Harish Rawat has been able to win over Qazi Nizamuddin and his father Qazi Moiuddin. The latter was member of the interim assembly of Uttarakhand.

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