Aligarh 19April. The Contest in Varanasi Lok-Sabha constituency is becoming more interest daily. The Millat Bedari Muhim Committee (MBMC) and the Aligarh Muslim University community have appealed to Mukhtar Ansari to extend and declare his support to the Congress candidate Ajay Rai in national interest.
It may be recalled that Mukhtar Ansari had contested last parliamentary elections and was defeated by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi by just 17000 votes. In this election, Mukhtar Ansari was also a candidate in Varanasi but he withdrew his candidature to avoid the division of secular votes.
In a letter sent to Mukhtar Ansari MBMC has appreciated his decision of withdrawing from contest and has appealed to him to declare his support to Ajay Rai Congress candidate. Though Arvind Kejriwal of AAP is also a candidate but MBMC has favoured the Congress in view of its more acceptability and winniability.
Jasim Mohammad, Secretary of MBMC told the media persons that the country is passing through a crucial phase and we have duty to save the secular ideals of nation. He further added that Mukhtar Ansari has sacrificed in national interest and now the political situation demands that he declare support to Congress candidate Ajai Rai to ensure defeat of Narendra Modi.
The signatories include AMU Court Member Prof. Razaullah Khan, AMU Executive Member Dr. Mohammad Shahid, AMU Court Member & Former AMU Teachers Association President Prof. Humayun Murad, Ex Chairman Department of History, AMU Prof. Shahabuddin Iraqi, Director, Centre for Muslim Politics Studies & jasim Mohammad Gen. Secretary, MBMC, Aligarh.