Setback for Akhilesh in UP: Why Muslim leader snapped ties

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Lucknow, March 16: In a major setback for Akhilesh Yadav's government in Uttar Pradesh, Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmad Bukhari snapped its ties with Samajwadi Party.

Putting an end to their alliance, Bukhari accused Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav of not fulfilling the promises which were made ahead of the general election in the state in 2011.

Speaking about his decision, Bukhari was quoted as saying, My relationship with the SP is over. Mulayam tried to manage things by sending a messenger last night (Friday, March 15), but they have miserably failed to fulfil their promises to Muslims."

The Muslim leader also asserted that he is ready to begin an "open revolt" against Mulayam Singh's party weakening Akhilesh's government in the state.

Mentioning about the revolt, Bukhari said, "We are organising a big congregation of Muslims in Etawah (the native district of Mulayam) on April 21. Muslims have invited me there and I will share my bad experience with Mulayam."

According to Bukhari, other Muslims leaders also submit their resignations from the state cabinet. Addressing the issue, Bukhari said, "Waseem Ahmad has already dispatched his resignation to Mulayam. I have also asked my son-in-law Umar Ali Khan, who is an MLC, to resign."

"After getting an absolute majority there were no hindrances for them to fulfil their commitments. Now I realise it is better to have a weak government which listens to you," chided Bukhari.

Meanwhile, Umar Ali Khan has been quoted as saying, "I am going to Delhi and will consult Imam Sahib about my resignation. Whatever he says will be done."

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