“JD(S) has brought as many as 8000 Hindus wearing topi, for the Muslims Rally held by the party recently,” alleges JD(S) leader Abdul Ajeem. He stated that the recently concluded state-level convention of the Muslim community by the party was a sham, with as many as 8000 Hindus, in reality donning the skull cap. The meeting convened by Deve Gowda as an expression of solidarity is a hoax, alleged Ajeem, who quit the party membership for not being given the MLC post, second term.
The convention organized by Devegowda claimed that it was widely attended by members from the Muslim community, as an expression of harmony. The JD(S) held the meeting agianst the alleged resentment towards the Congress over the defeat of Iqbal Ahmed Saradagi in the recently conducted Legislative Council elections.
At the meeting, Deve Gowda, said that Congress needed only Muslim votes, without any assurance of the victory of Muslim candidates. “You (Congress) cannot ensure the victory of the community leaders in the election, but you want the votes of the community. My family members are neither after power nor are we opportunists. I had promised Aga that he will be made an MLC and I have kept the promise,” he said.
Ajeem’s rift with the party began when Deve Gowd’s son and former Chief Minister of Karantaka HD Kumaraswamy decided to field Afsar Agha from Ramanagar for MLC election, instead of Ajeem.
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