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Saturday, 3 December 2011

No date yet for Team Anna’s Muslim rally

The Muslim rally, which India Against Corruption had planned in the first week of December in Lucknow to allay the minority apprehensions that the anti-corruption movement was being pushed by communal forces, is unlikely to be held.

The rally was announced on November 14 when Anna Hazare core team member Arvind Kejriwal had a meeting with some Muslim leaders and clerics in the city.

IAC core committee member Mufti Shamoon Qasmi, who had announced the rally would be held in December first week, now said no date is fixed, but the rally will be planned soon.

He said the rally might be postponed because of Hazare’s one-day fast at Jantar Mantar on December 11 and indefinite fast at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi from December 27.

However, sources in IAC said the rally was never seriously considered after its announcement as prominent Muslim clerics and leaders had not turned up at the meeting called by Kejriwal.

Among those who had stayed away were Maulana Kalbe Jawad, Zafaryab Jilani, Maulana Fazlur Rahman Waizi. However, Kejriwal had gone to meet Maulana Kalbe at his residence.


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