Congress Party lacks Muslims Leaders — Sharief

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By Mir Mohsin Ali

RIYADH
— Former Union Minister and veteran leader of the Indian Congress party C.K. Jaffer Sharief appreciated the Hyderabad Member of Parliament and AIMIM President Asaduddin Owaisi for his stand in Parliament on the Triple Talaq issue, while confessing that the Congress Party lacked such Muslims leaders.

Shraief, however, was optimistic and expected that such Muslim leadership to emerge under the leadership of new Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Sharief expressed these views in an exclusive interview with Saudi Gazette.

Sharief, on a personal visit to Kingdom, stressed on the necessity of joint efforts by all Muslim Parliamentarians, irrespective of political affliction, especially when it comes to personal laws as government cannot be allowed to interfere in Islamic Shariah.

He also advised the Indian government to take the example of Islamic Shariah from Muslim countries, as they have practicing Shariah for a long time.

Blaming the misuse of Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) in Gujarat election, Sharief expected that Congress party to come to power in Karnataka, which goes to the state assembly polls soon, with a thumping majority for there is a resurgence in the party under the new president Rahul Gandhi.

He also said most of the leaders in Congress party are old and have been in decision making for ages, and that needs to change with young leadership being encouraged for active participation and leading roles in the party.

He also disclosed that he has translated the famous book “India Wins Freedom” in Urdu language and this book is to released by former President of India Pranab Mukherjee shortly.

He appreciated Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman, deputy premier and minister of defense, for the recent reforms in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and expected the Kingdom to play leading role in the Ummah, as Muslims all over the world looks toward the Kingdom as their leaders.

Highlighting the role of Non Resident Indians, Sharief said that every one of them is an ambassador of India in foreign land and they should try to improve the image of India wherever they are.

Sharief, 84, was the railways minister in the government of India from 1991-1995 and as a member of Parliament he spent the highest amount allocated for development under Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) scheme along with Deve Gowda, former Prime Minister of India.

Sharief’s MPLADS funds were used for schools, college’s classroom, computer centers for orphan children.


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