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Congress to play safe to host Iftar party in UP

Congress to play safe to host Iftar party in UP

Earlier, the UP Congress had announced to cancel the Roza Iftar party keeping in conformity with the AICC which has decided to instead distribute grains to the poor this year.

Amid divergent views on whether or not to host an Iftar party, the UP Congress finally opted to organise a community event in Lucknow, the capital of the poll-bound state.

Earlier, the UP Congress had announced to cancel the Roza Iftar party keeping in conformity with the AICC which has decided to instead distribute grains to the poor this year.

However, the state unit’s minority department had announced that it will host an Iftar.

PLAYING SAFE

Sources said there was a fear within the party that not hosting an Iftar party would send out a wrong message to the Muslim community at a time when the Congress is preparing for the assembly polls slated for early next year.

AICC general secretary in charge of UP affairs Ghulam Nabi Azad and state unit chief Nirmal Khatri attended the Iftar besides Congress legislative parry leader Pradeep Mathur and a host of party leaders from the state.

AICC secretaries Prakash Joshi and Zubair Ahmed who assist Azad in UP were also present at the get together.

The Iftar comes days after Azad toured Muslim-dominated areas of Bulandshar in western UP to mark his political tours across the state.

HOST OF PARTIES

State party leaders, meanwhile, have been individually hosting Iftar parties. One such party was hosted in Bulandshahr on Thursday, which was attended by senior leaders, including Azad.

MUSLIMS ARE CONGRESS SUPPORTERS

Muslims have been supporting the Congress in the past and the party did not want to take any chances in an election going year.

“Voters in UP are not sophisticated to be able to understand the AICC decision to visit Madrasas and distribute grains to the poor than hosting lavish Iftars at five star hotels,” said Mathur.

18 PERCENT OF VOTERS ARE MUSLIMS

Muslims constitute around 18 per cent of the voters in UP and have been voting the SP majorly while also casting ballots in favour of BSP nominees. Generally, the Muslim voters in UP use their ballot in support of a candidate they think can defeat the BJP.

WOOISM DIARIES

The AICC move to drop Iftars had come in the wake of reports that RSS-backed body had decided to host Iftar to woo the muslims and had even invited the Pakistan high commissioner.

But as the Congress targeted the RSS, the plan was dropped.

Source: http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/iftar-party-congress-muslims-up-assembly-elections-aicc-up/1/706915.html

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