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Madni must pay price for the ride on Modi's car, demand Deoband clerics
Monday December 30, 2013 7:59 AM, News Network

Top Deoband clerics and senior staff members of the reputed Muslim seminary on Sunday flayed Mehmood Madni's hobnobbing with Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi, who is widely accused of presiding over the 2002 riot in the state, and demanded action against him.

"The community will in no way tolerate the hobnobbing of Mehmood Madni with Narendra Modi. Modi is responsible for killing not one but thousands of inncoent Muslims. No matter who meets him or who rides on his car, he will never be pardoned", Abdul Latif Qasmi, a senior faculty member of Darul Uloom Waqf, said.

He said that Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi was punished and was forced to step down for his remarks on Narendra Modi. On the same ground Madni should also be punished.

"Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind president Arshad Madni had taken strong action against Ghulam Mohammad Vastanvi for his remarks on Modi. Now, we are waiting to see what action he will take against Mehmood Madni", he said.

Mehmood Madni, a former Rajya Sabha MP and general secretary of Jamiat-e-Ulema, is also the nephew of Arshad Madni. The uncle and nephew had a fight over the control of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind after the death of Assad Madni. Consequently, there was a split in one of the strongest Muslim organisations in India, with one faction led by Arshad Madni and the other by Mehmood Madni.

General Secretary of Tanzeem All India Majlis-e-Ulema Qari Raheemuddin Qasmi also criticised Mehmood Madni on his reported "closeness" with Modi, and advised him to refrain from sending wrong message in the community.

"Mehmood Madni should have refused the bulletproof car offered to him by the Gujarat government. He should know that by riding on Modi's car and by accepcting the courtesy extended to him, he has sent a very wrong message", he said.

Abdullah ibn al-Qamar, General Secretary of Kul Hind Rabta-e-Masajid, while criticising Mehmood Madni said such "irresponsible acts" would not be toelrated.

"If Mehomood Madni continues dancing on the tunes of Narendra Modi, the clerics would be first to oppose his actions", he said.

It was reported by a section of the media that Mehmood Madni travelled by the bulletproof car normally used by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. It was also reported that Mehmood Madni was accorded facilities as if he was a state guest.

Jamiat denied the reports.

"Jamial-e-Ulema Genereal Secretray Mehmood Madni has been offered Z-Plus secsurity by the centre, and acrodingly the guidelines have also been sent to all states. Hence bulletproof car and adequate security to any person who has Z plus security are provided by the state, and it is no surprise", said Abdul Hameed Noumani, Secretary for press and publicity of the Jamiat.

Mehmood Madni has been offered Z plus security ever since it was allegedly revaled by the arrested Indian Mujahideen operatives that he along with some othe Muslim leaders are on the hit-list of terrorists.

However, speculations in the media were rife over the last few months that Mehmood Madni had a secret meeting with Narendra Modi before the assembly elections in the five states.

Mehmood Madni, though denied any such secret meeting or understanding with Modi, gave statements that the analysts said indirectly helped the BJP in the recently concluded state elections, specially in Rajasthan.

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