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After insulting Muslim panel, Sareshwala bats for its meeting with Modi
Friday March 6, 2015 12:00 PM, News Network

After humiliating the Muslim NGOs and calling all their leaders fool, Zafar Sareshwala is now trying to convince All Indian Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) President Rabey Hasani Nadwi for a meeting of the senior members of the highest body of the Muslim community in India with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Zafar Sareshwala

Zafar Sareshwala, who claims to be having a cordial relation with Modi, is learnt to have shared the idea with Rabey Hasani Nadwi during his meeting with the later on February 19 at Nadwatul Ulema in Lucknow.

"Sareshwala is known to be close to the prime minister. He proposed the meeting with the prime minister and told about it to Nadwi, who is also the AIMPLB president. Nadwi had said that he would discuss the matter with other members of the Board and communicate him," a senior AIMPLB member told Mail Today.

Mail Today also claimed that the idea of the meeting could materialise at the end of the month before or after the AIMPLB convention in Jaipur slated between March 20 and 22.

"Nadwi has agreed in principle to this meeting in the larger interest of the community. There is every possibility that this meeting between the PM and the Board members will be held in Delhi on our way back from Jaipur. But we can even meet PM before our convention," the member quoted by the Mail Today.

Interestingly, Zafar Sareshwala after his meeting with Rabey Hasan Nadwi in Lucknow claimed that several Muslim bodies including the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) have lost their relevance and with the exception of Rabey Hasan, all are fools.

"In AIMPLB, except its president Maulana Rabey Hasan Nadwi, rest all are fools. I feel that Muslim bodies like AIMPLB have no vision. They have failed to prioritise their issues," Sareshwala was quited by The Indian Express.

"There are other bodies like the Muslim Majlis Mushawarrat which became defunct in 1964, but still its dead body is being carried on by some Muslim leaders. It is stinking now. Another is Milli Council. These are all redundant", he said.

Sareshwala, a businessman who was appointed Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University (MANUU) after BJP formed government in New Delhi, also lashed out at Muslim leaders stating that most of them clamour for posts in various Muslim bodies at the cost of the community's development.

"When I was meeting Modi, only Rabey Hasan supported me. I personally presented Rabey Hasan's books to Modi who after reading them wrote a letter to Hasan. Rest all called me a sycophant who has sold his conscience," he said at the residence of Maulana Salman Nadwi who is also a faculty member of Nadwatul Uloom.

Meanwhile, Zafaryab Jilani, additional advocate general of Uttar Pradesh and a senior AIMPLB member said, "The door of Rabey Hasan Nadwi is open to all. He has never refused audience to anybody. Many politicians meet him."

"However", he added, "Our apprehensions are different. We have been discussing these days why there is nothing for the Muslim community in the annual Budget of the country. This shows that the Centre is not much keen to take a step towards us in genuine sense. The divide between the two communities was a result of the fanaticism of the saffron groups."

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