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After support to BJP, NCP's Muslim leaders under pressure to resign
Sharad Pawar's nexus with communal forces is now wide open, BJP and NCP two sides of same coin, Muslim community leaders say
Wednesday November 12, 2014 7:29 AM, Staff Reporter

Pressure is mounting on Sharad Pawar led Nationalist Congress Party's (NCP) Muslim leaders to resign from the party after its decision to extend support to the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Maharashtra.

In a direct attack on Sharad Pawar and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP), Muslim leaders across the spectrum said the former union minister's nexus with the communal forces is now wide open.

Stating that the BJP and NCP are actually two sides of same coin, they demanded from the Muslim leaders to resign from the party and teach him a lesson.

"Sharad Pawar has always been hypocritical towards Muslims and their interests. He pretends to be being against the communal forces but has always supported them from back doors. He is now fully exposed after his decision to the BJP government in Maharashtra", President of Jamiat-e-Ulema Mahararsahtra, Mustaqueem Ahsan Azmi, said while talking to

"This is the time for the Muslim leaders in this party to leave and teach him a lesson for supporting and strengthening the communal forces", he added.

Secretary of All India Ulema Council Mehmood Daryabadi termed Sharad Pawar opportunist and said the Muslims should be careful of this party in future.

Secretray of Jamiat-e-Ulema legal cell Gulzar Azmi too criticised Sharad Pawar for his decision to extend support to the BJP Maharashtra government.

Devendra Fadnavis, who sworn in as chief minister last Friday and leading the BJP's Maharashtra government, is seeking trust vote later today. NCP president Sharad Pawar stirred a political storm by announcing to extend unconditional support to a week old govenment.

The decision not only starined the relation between BJP and Shiv Sena - the two former alliance partners, but also surprised Muslim leaders who are associated with the NCP.

Prominent Muslim leaders in the NCP include Majeed Memon, Nawab Malik, Hasan Mushrif and Fauzia Khan. They are keeping total silence on their party's support to BJP, and are refusing comments on the decision.

Allegations are also levelled that Sharad Pawar's support to the BJP government is amied at shielding his party leaders who ware facing corruption charges.

Sharad Pawar on the other hand refused the allegations and said he was extending support to the BJP to provide a stable government in Maharashtra.

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