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SP did nothing for Muslims, says Congress document

July 06, 2008 17:21 IST

The Congress may have built a new friendship with the Samajwadi Party but the leader of its minority cell some time back brought out a document attacking Mulayam Singh Yadav and his outfit for always misleading Muslims for "petty political gains".

In the booklet titled "Why Muslims with Congress?", AICC minority department chairman Imran Kidwai also accused SP of exploiting the situation caused by the demolition of Babri Masjid.

The Congress, in the document, has sought to take credit for providing an amenable atmosphere to the minority community seen from the emergence of Azim Premji [Images] as one of the richest industrialists, frontline actors ranging from Dilip Kumar [Images] to Shahrukh Khan [Images] as also artistes like Bismillah Khan to Amjad Ali Khan and a host of players including Sania Mirza [Images].

"May it be the Samajwadi Party or the BSP, they did nothing for the Muslims but only made tall claims, misled the Muslims by creating confusion in the community and took advantage of Congress failures," the document has said.

Kidwai said that it was Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress Government that ensured the Minorities to have their personal laws. They also ensured equal rights to Muslims despite the demands from certain quarters that the minorities should be discriminated against in view of the creation of Pakistan.

In the recently brought out document, the AICC office-bearer regretted that the first non-Congress rule at the Centre in the form of the Janata party experiment proved that the Congress could be defeated if attempts are made to drive away Muslims and Dalits from the party.

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