Sunday, March 23, 2014

Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia meets Deoband clerics

(FinancialExpress)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Manish Sisodia met Deoband clerics late on Thursday.
Sources in Deoband claimed that Sisodia explained the policies of his party to the clerics.
The Islamic seminary Darul Uloom, however, refused to assure any support claiming itself as a non political institution.
Sisodia met Maulana Khaliq Sambhali, the deputy rector of Darul Uloom Deoband, after addressing a rally in support of AAP candidate from Saharanpur Yogesh Dahiya.
He also held a meeting with AAP workers in Deoband.
Press secretary of the seminary Ashraf Usmani said: “Sisodia came to meet us and he was welcome. We welcome anyone who comes to the seminary,” Usmani said.
He, however, claimed that Darul Uloom Deoband has nothing to do with politics.
“We never indulge in political activities. We never issue statements in favour or against any political party. We are purely an academic institution. People from all political parties and other organisations visit us and we listen to their views,” Usmani claimed.
Earlier, Samajwadi Party (SP) had asked its leaders in Saharanpur to remain in touch with Deoband clerics. Maviya Ali, former chairman of Deoband and SP leader, has been authorised to interact with Darul Uloom Deoband regularly.
On February 11, Samajwadi Party had tried to rope in clerics from the seminary for its rally on the occasion of renaming of state medical college as Sheikhul Hind Mahmood Hasan Medical College.
AAP has fielded Shia cleric Kalbe Rushaid from Amroha parliamentary seat. Bareilly cleric Tauqeer Raza also shares a good relationship with AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal.