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THE All-India Muslim Personal Law Board member, two-time MP from Bihar and Congress leader Maulana Asrarul Haque has now criticised party president Sonia Gandhi’s pre-poll meeting with the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid, saying, “It should not have happened”.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had met Shahi Imam and a delegation of Muslim leaders – on April 2 – and reportedly requested them to ensure that secular votes did not split in the Lok Sabha polls. Later, Bukhari announced his support for the Congress and the Trinamool Congress in West Bengal.

“It was wrong on part of the Congress party to issue an appeal to one community. You can issue a common appeal to all, but it is wrong if you appeal to only one community. Whoever has done it, it should not have happened,” said Haque, who won from Kishanganj in Bihar.

The Congress leader said he had met Sonia Gandhi and party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and tried to impress them to bring all secular parties together to form a pressure group in Parliament.

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Congress MLA from Rajasthan Bhanwar Lal Sharma and Senior Congress leader Anil Raja from Assam were suspended from the party for their alleged anti-party activities.

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