Mumbai: A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted 'having a good meeting with leaders of the Muslim community', Deewan of the Ajmer Dargah put a question mark on the identity of the 'Sajjada Nasheen' named in the list of the delegation, virtually calling the person as 'fake'.
In a statement sent to the media on Monday after the news got viral carrying headlines 'Modi meets top Muslim leaders', Ajmer Dargah Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan claimed that he is the 'Sajjada Nashin' (successor) and not the one who met PM Narendra Modi as part of a delegation as mentioned in a PMO statement.
"The person who met the Prime Minister as Sajjada Nashin is not the Sajjada Nashin of Ajmer Sharif. The Sajjada Nashin Deewan Zainul Abedin Ali Khan was in Ajmer on Monday and if anyone has misused this title and designation, he has not only misled the PM but it is also a breach in PM's security," a statement from the office of Ajmer Dargah Deewan said.
The PMO statement mentioned 'Syed Sultan-Ul-Hasan Chishti Misbahi (Sajjada Nashin of Ajmer Sharif)' as one of the Muslim leaders who called on the prime minister on Monday. Misbahi could not be contacted.
Interestingly, besides Misbahi, others named in the delegation - all barelvis, too do not have any influence or known association with prominent Muslim NGOs, barelvi or of some other Muslim sects, famous for representing the community with the erstwhile governments.
Some Muslim leaders said those met Modi were 'bunch of nobodies', and not even pawns.
The media however labelled them as 'top Muslim leaders', and how significant this meeting was for Modi can be gauged from the fact that he himself tweeted about the meeting along with a photo and also linking the official statement.
The Muslim leaders have so far not met Modi ever since he became prime minister. In January this year, a meeting was called by Mahmood Madani of Jamiatul Ulema and others to find consensus on leaders of top Muslim organizations meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But “difference of opinion” among participating members led to the cancellation, according to media reports.
Another attempt was made by Modi's Muslim aide Zafar Sareshwala to get leaders of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) to meet Modi ahead of the panel's Jaipur session held in March. But, he too failed in convincing the panel to meet Modi.