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Sonia meets Bukhari, asks him to guard secular votes

Sonia meets Bukhari, asks him to guard secular votes
The meeting, which took place at Gandhi’s 10 Janpath residence on Tuesday, lasted for 45 minutes, during which Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari apprised her of various issues pertaining to the community.

Sources close to Bukhari said a decision to support Congress has been finalised and an official announcement is likely to come on Friday. ‘During the meeting, issues like innocent Muslim youths being arrested in terror cases, reservation in education, communal riots and security, implementation of Sachar Committee and Ranganath Misra Commission recommendations and anti-communal violence bill were discussed,’ Jama Masjid spokesperson Rahat Mehmood Chaudhary said.

Gandhi told the six-member delegation that the party wanted to do a lot of things for the minorities but could not.

Some central schemes could not be implemented in some states because there were governments of opposition parties there.

‘The most important thing she said was that in the current political scenario in the country, secular votes should not split in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections and they should come together to vote against communal forces,’ he said.
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