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Adv Sajid Siddiqui to contest LS polls from Bhopal as SDPI candidate
Monday March 17, 2014 10:53 AM, Pervez Bari,

The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), announced the candidature of Adv. Sajid Siddiqui for the Bhopal parliamentary seat in the ensuing 2014 Lok Sabha elections in a public meeting here at the historic Iqbal Maidan on Sunday.

The announcement of the name of Adv. Sajid Siddiqui, who is SDPI's president of Madhya Pradesh, was made by Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan, the national vice president of the party, to the thunderous applause and clapping by the assemblage on the occasion. Slogans "SDPI Zindabad, Sajid Siddiqui Zindabad" rent the air as a huge marigold garland encompassed Adv. Sajid along with Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan, Adv. Sharfuddin Ahmad, national general secretary of the party, and Muslim cleric of the city Maulana Ahmad Saeed Nadwi. The state SDPI officials led by Abdul Rauf from Indore and Abdul Ghani from Gwalior carried the huge and heavy marigold garland to garland Adv. Sajid and others. The polling for the Bhopal seat will be held next month on 17th.

Adv. Sajid speaking soon after the announcement of his candidature said that he would try to fulfil the responsibility reposed in him by the party. He lamented that the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh has been perpetuating the Hindu ideology and saffronising education with Surya Namaskar, Bhojan Mantra, introduction of Geeta in syllabus of schools etc.

Speaking on the occasion Hafiz Manzoor said with the neglect of minorities and the marginalised people since independence by the successive governments at the centre and the states it is an imperative need now to bring about a revolutionary change not only for Muslims alone but for Adivasis, Dalits and the down-trodden in the society. There should be a positive change in the country so that the neglected people heave a sigh of relief and hope for a bright future..

He said that in the last 66 years Muslims, Dalits, Backward Classes and other marginalised groups comprising of 95 per cent of the populace of the country have not been to avail even the basic necessities of life while remaining 5 per cent of people have been enjoying all the luxuries of life at the expense of the former.

Adv. Sharfuddin Ahmad said that the country opted for a parliamentary form of government after much thought was given by the framers of Indian Constitution. However, the fascist forces did not believe in parliamentary form of government and have been in the pursuit to weaken democracy and federal structure of governance in the country. The BJP representing the aspirations of fascist forces has been trying to bull doze the parliamentary system and as such has announced the name of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as the prime ministerial candidate of the party much before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections were declared and polling held.

Attacking Modi for his role in 2002 Gujarat pogrom, he said: "Modi Aik Aadmi Ka Naam Nahin Balke Aik Soch Ka Naam Hai".

Local advocate Ansar Qureshi described Narendra Modi as "Vinash Purush" and not "Vikas Purush" as propounded by his cohorts. He said it has been announced that Modi would be contesting from Varanasi parliamentary seat. As such Mulayam Singh and Mayawati, Samajwadi Party and BSP supremos respectively, should now take on Modi in the electoral battle for Varanasi seat to prove their love for secularism values.

It may be mentioned here that the SDPI has decided to contest 42 parliamentary seats scattered through the length and breadth of the country in the Lok Sabha elections. The decision to this effect was taken at the party's Central Secretariat Parliamentary Board meeting held at Bangalore on February 15 last. The decision was endorsed by the National Working Committee, (NWC), of the party at its meeting held the next day on February 16 also held at Bangalore. The meeting was presided over by SDPI national president A. Sayeed.

The SDPI will be contesting Lok Sabha elections in nine states namely Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi .

Earlier, Fitrat Bhopali, a local poet, regaled the audience with his rendition highlighting the contradictions in Congress, BJP, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party etc. which are hell bent to exploit the masses of the country.

Others who spoke on the occasion included: Hafiz Mohammad Haneef, Irfan-ul-Huq, Ateeq-ur-Rahman, Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Ismael. Salim Ansari, general secretary state SDPI, conducted the proceedings while Abdul Ghani state vice president SDPI, proposed a vote of thanks. (

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