Itawa: The spat between Uttar Pradesh government and Jama Masjid's Maulana Ahmed Bukhari is unlikely to die down, inspite of the fact that the latter got all his demands fulfilled by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Now Bukhari is pressurizing the state government to feel the importance of Muslims for the party’s electoral prospects in the coming 2014 general elections.

Launching a virtual attack on the Akhilesh Yadav government, Bukhari has said that if the Muslim community can play a crucial role in maximizing the winning prospects of any party, it can also play a pivotal role in marring its political fortune.

“If Muslim community can catapult the SP to the power in Uttar Pradesh, it has also the capacity to dethrone it. Muslims cannot be taken for granted,” Bukhari told reporters here on Sunday while expressing strong objection to the Muslims reservation on the basis of caste.

The Maulana said that the Muslim community is not in favour of quota on the basis of caste as it will not serve the purpose and added that quota must be made on the basis of financial condition of the people.

“Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and the party chief Mulayam Singh have promised us to reconsider the quota issue, but in case they fail to stick to their promise, it will cost them dearly,” Bukhari said.

After winning the electoral battle in the recently concluded assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh, the SP has shifted all its attention to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014. In such a condition, bitter relations with the Muslim community will not serve party’s purpose and can result in heavy losses for it.

JPN/Bureau