Kalbe lashed out at the grand-old party, accusing it of treating Muslims as mere vote-banks and doing nothing for the community. He also said that the Congress only exploited the Muslims for its selfish gains. The Shia leader also accused the Congress of turning arrogant and considering Muslims as its servants. He said India saw more riots under the Congress than any other regime.
The Shahi Imam backed the Congress and Trinamool Congress a few days ago
recently, Shahi Imam of the Jama Masjid Syed Ahmed Bukhari had appealed to the Muslims to vote for the Congress after meeting Congress chief Sonia Gandhi at her residence. Gandhi and Bukhari reportedly discussed ways to ensure that Muslim votes did not get divided in this year's crucial general election, see by many as a prestige battle between the Congress and Narendra Modi, the BJP's prime ministerial candidate.
The BJP criticised the Sonia-Bukhari meet and also moved the Election Commission. Bukhari later said that the Constitution of India doesn't bar a religious leader from expressing his own opinion.