13 april The Hindu
|Says Sunnis are politically conscious, have strong politics|
MALAPPURAM: Sunni leader and chairman of the Madinu Ssaquafathil Islamiyya Sayed Ibrahim Khaleel Bukhari has called upon the Sunnis to exercise their franchise in a befitting manner.
Addressing a mammoth gathering of people on the final day of the year-long Encomium celebrations at Swalat Nagar near here on Sunday evening, Mr. Bukhari exhorted the Sunnis to make use of the most potent weapon in their hands in the April 16 elections.
Without mentioning any political party, Mr. Bukhari said the Sunnis knew who to vote for. The Sunnis are politically conscious and have strong politics, he said.
The Sunni leader called upon the people not to waste the opportunity to register their protest against the oppressors through the ballot. Everyone should inevitably poll their vote, he said.
Mr. Bukhari’s call, ahead of a keenly awaited speech by Sunni leader Kanthapuram A.P. Aboobacker Musliar late in the evening, was received with loud cheers by the crowds.
Thousands of people had gathered at Swalat Nagar to witness the valedictory session of Encomium celebrations, in which delegates from several Muslim countries took part. Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliar, general secretary of the All India Jamiyyathul Ulama, was the chief guest at the function.
Mr. Bukhari’s call to the Sunnis on the eve of the Parliament elections was viewed by political observers as a clear exhortation to requite what they got from the parties, especially the Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). The IUML, when in power in the State, had harassed the Sunni faction led by Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musliar. Meanwhile, the IUML continued desperate attempts to woo the AP Sunni faction as the former faced a stiff challenge in the constituencies of Ponnani and Malappuram.
KPCC president Ramesh Chennithala visited Mr. Bukhari at his Madin office here on Sunday morning requesting his faction’s help in the elections. IUML State general secretary P.K. Kunhalikutty too spoke with Mr. Bukhari pleading for help.