The Muslim leaders and clerics in Uttar Pradesh have expressed hope that new Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will be different from his hardcore Hindu image during his tenure in the office, a report by ‘The Indian Express’ has said. While speaking on the issue, Lucknow-based Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board said it is the responsibility of the new state government and its head to dispel “any notion of fear or misconception among minorities”
He further said that in politics it has happened often that a leader’s tone and language changed soon after assuming the chair and any government should be given at least six months time to show its intentions, after which criticism can be done.
For Muslims, it should noot be a reason to fear as governments keep changing in a democracy, he added.
Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad, when contacted felt that political leaders most often appears different after elections are over. When contacted, Shia cleric Maulana Kalbe Jawwad said that a leader often appears different after elections. “Modiji was also seen in a similar manner but a few things changed (after he became PM). A leader belongs to the party before becoming the chief minister, but he belongs to the state after being sworn in,” Jawwad was quoted as saying by the paper. Jawwad had offered the BSP support before Assembly polls.
Maulana Salman Nadvi, professor at Lucknow’s Islamic seminary Darul Uloom Nadwatul Ulama, was quoted as telling the paper, “The controversial statements made by Adityanath in the past cannot be called appropriate… But now, he should show that he believes in the slogan ‘sabka sath sabka vikas’…”
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“He can change… he needs to change in order to govern. There is no fear in the Muslim community as such, but communal talks do create an atmosphere of fear and wrong notions,” he added. Samajwadi Party MLA from Moradabad Rural, Haji Iqram Qureshi said people have given the BJP mandate and no one should have any objection to its choice of CM. “But we hope the CM minister changes his language. He is now the CM for all,” he added.