RS: MP Muslims want Cong to nominate a `local face`

Muslim bodies in Madhya Pradesh are of the view that the Cong high command nominates a `local` candidate to RS in the wake of the poll debacle in UP.

Bhopal: Muslim bodies in Madhya Pradesh are of the view that the Congress high command nominates a `local` candidate to Rajya Sabha in the wake of the poll debacle in Uttar Pradesh and ahead of the state Assembly elections next year.
Some Congress leaders, too, are backing the demand. "Muslims have always reposed faith in the Congress since Independence and now the time has come for the party to oblige Muslims by offering them the Rajya Sabha seat from Madhya
Pradesh," a senior community leader said.

Muslim organisations last evening held a meeting at Kamla Park here to "impress" upon Congress president Sonia Gandhi to nominate a Muslim to Rajya Sabha, polls for which will be held on March 30.

"We should propose only those who are grass root leaders of the party," said Madhya Pradesh Congress Minority Department leader Mohammed Idrees Khan.

"Time has come for the Central leadership to choose a Muslim candidate from Madhya Pradesh and not from outside", senior Congress leader Syed Sajid Ali said.
The demand was endorsed by district Congress president P C Sharma.

During the meeting few names including that of senior Congress leaders Syed Sajid Ali, Arif Masood, Shahnawaz Khan, Mehrunnisa Parvez and Musarrat Shahid, who is the chairperson of National Minorities Finance Corporation, were proposed.

The leaders also decided to send a delegation to Delhi to meet Congress high command Sonia Gandhi and party in-charge of Madhya Pradesh B K Hari Prasad and apprise them about the demand.

The notification for election to five Rajya Sabha seats was recently issued ahead of the retirement of incumbent members Meghraj Jain (elected unopposed after Arjun Singh’s death), Narayan Singh, Vikram Singh, Kaptan Singh and Anusuiya Uike. Madhya Pradesh has 11 seats in the Rajya Sabha.