NEW DELHI, June 22 � Close on the heels of the All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) raking up the issue of �D voters�, the Arshad Madani faction of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind (JUH) has announced its decision to file a review petition before the division bench of Gauhati High Court.
Talking to newsmen, JUH chief Arshad Madani said that he has already spoken to Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi and lodged a strong protest over the manner in which minority people were being picked up and detained by police.
Maulana Arshad Madani, who has a running feud with AIUDF chief Badruddin Ajmal, said they are planning to move a review petition before a division bench of the High Court. The earlier order was passed by a single member bench, hence we have decided to move a two-member bench,� he said.
�If we don�t get justice, then we might move the Supreme Court on the issue,� he said, adding that they have high-lighted the case of 20-22 persons belonging to the community.
Assam may now have more than 1.47 lakh D voters and 12,480 persons were added to the list just before the last elections following an order of the Gauhati High Court, as their names were referred to the Tribunals by the police.
Meanwhile, denying that JUH supported the ruling Congress party in Assam during the last Assembly polls, he termed the reports as baseless, asserting that he has opposed the Congress party on several occasions.
On his ties with Ajmal, he said that he was forced to expel the AIUDF chief because he sought to turn JUH into a �political body from head to toe�. �We are an apolitical body and that is why we opposed his activities and expelled him,� he said.
Maulana Arshad Madani further criticised Ajmal for accusing him of hobnobbing with the Congress party. He has been making such baseless allegations from time to time, he observed.
Ahead of the last Assembly polls, Maulana Madani and Ajmal parted ways following a bitter feud with high political overtone. The AIUDF chief went and joined hands with Mehmood Madani faction. Ajmal alleged that Madani played into the hands of Congress party and expelled him under its pressure.