Mayawati to address national Muslim conference on Oct 13

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Lucknow, Oct 10 (UNI) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati would be the chief guest in the National Muslim Conference to be organised on her initiative on October 13.

Noted Muslims clerics, Ulemas and experts from across the country would participate in the conference, which would discuss the problems of Muslims and spell out its redress.

Politically, this intiative of Ms Mayawati is being seen as a move to placate the Muslims amid growing resentment among them in the wake of frequent police raids in Azamgarh district after recent terrorist attacks.

It is the second attempt of the BSP supremo to have a dialogue with the Muslim as in July last she had invited prominent Shia and Sunni cleric to discuss their problems. In fact on June 25, she had opposed the proposed Nuke deal terming it 'anti-Muslim.' According to political observers, the recent stern view of the Samajwadi Party (SP) against the Batala House police encounter in Delhi and raids in Azamgarh dented BSP's plans to woo the minority community.

The Muslim conference, the first of its kind by the BSP government in UP, would be an attempt to win back minority support ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.

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