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UP ministers Azam, Quereshi spat refuses to subside

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Lucknow, May 5 (UNI) The verbal spat between two high profile ministers of the Mulayam Singh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh intensified today with the minister of state for Haj, Haji Yakoob Quereshi lambasting state urban development minister Mohd Azam Khan for his ''anti-Muslim attitude.'' Talking to media here, Mr Quereshi alleged Mr Khan always worked against the Muslims and his dream to set up a varsity at Rampur was to pursue his personal agenda.

Charging Mr Khan with registering land for the proposed Maulana Mohd Ali Jauhar University in the name of his relatives, he claimed the minister should return Rs 10 lakh to the people of Meerut, who had donated funds for the varsity.

''The donation was meant for the uplift of the community in education sector, but Mr Khan used it for his personal benefit.'' Earlier to a similar allegation, Mr Khan had asked Mr Quereshi to give the names of the people, who had given donations so that he could return their contributions through money order.

Mr Quereshi will holding a Muslim rally under the banner of All India Muslim Ekta Manch at Ramlila ground in New Delhi on May 14.

''I have not invited Mr Azam Khan in the rally as people do not accept him as a pro-Muslim leader,'' he quipped.

Mr Quereshi said several prominent Muslim religious leaders including the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid had been invited for the rally, which would discuss ''the misuse of the community for vote bank.'' UNI MB VS MSJ KP1504

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