Vastanvi`s election causes rift in Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind
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Last Updated: Friday, February 11, 2011, 20:32
New Delhi: The election of Maulana Gulam Vastanvi as the chief of Darul Uloom Deoband seminary has apparently caused a rift in the prominent Muslim outfit Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind, whose chief had lost out in the contest.

Days after Jamiat chief Arshad Madni dissolved the Assam unit of the outfit, its head Maulana Badruddin Ajmal alleged that he was "punished" for voting for Vastanvi.

"I have been punished because I voted for Vastanvi," said Ajmal, who is a member of the Majlis- e-Shura (governing council) of the Deoband. In the January 10 election of the chief of Darul Uloom Deoband, Vastanvi had defeated Madni.

Madni had on February 8 dismissed the outfit's Assam unit on charges that the organisation was being used for political gains. Ajmal, an MP from Dhubri and president of All India United Democratic Front, was heading the Assam unit at that time. He was seen as a close aide of Madni until now.

Lashing out at Madni, Ajmal said, "Dissolving the Assam unit of Jamiat is illegitimate. We do not accept this. This is a conspiracy of the Congress and the national leadership of Jamiat."

Assam is likely to go to polls in May this year.

He alleged that "Madni had come to Assam a few days ago and had met the chief minister and other Congressmen secretly.

"He declared openly that he is a Congressman. Now who is indulging in politics?" said Ajmal.

However, Madni in an e-mail to PTI rebutted all the allegations and said, "Jamiat is purely a non-political organisation.

"He (Ajmal) was working against the principles of the Jamiat and so the Assam unit was dissolved. All the allegations are baseless."

Meanwhile, the seminary's governing council, which has at present 17 members, will meet on February 23 to decide the fate of Vastanvi, who has offered to resign after his comments on Gujarat sparked a controversy.


First Published: Friday, February 11, 2011, 20:32

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