UP: Shia cleric seeks ministerial berth for sect
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 18:30
Lucknow: Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawad Naqvi on Sunday met Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav at his residence here to congratulate him for the party's sweeping victory in the assembly polls and sought ministerial berth for a member of the Muslim sect in Uttar Pradesh.

The cleric said the 20 per cent Shias of UP contributed substantially to SP's victory and therefore deserved a representation in the Council of Ministers.

He also said people with clean image should be made part of Shia Waqf board.

Maulana Jawad said SP should create pressure on the Centre for maintaining better ties with Iran and release senior Indian journalist Syed Mohd Ahmad Kazmi (50) who was arrested on March six in connection with the bomb attack on an Israeli embassy car in the national capital last month.

According to a release issued on behalf of the cleric, Mulayam assured Maulana Jawad that his demand and suggestions would be considered seriously.


First Published: Sunday, March 18, 2012, 18:30

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