Muslim group opposes fast of Anna

Mumbai: A top body of Muslims today strongly opposed Gandhian Anna Hazare`s fast for a strong Lokpal Bill beginning here tomorrow, saying it will help communal forces. Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind was against corruption but people involved along with Hazare are working at the behest of RSS and communal forces, the group`s state unit General Secretary, Maulana Hhalimullah Quasmi, said in a statement here.

"We have experienced in the past that whenever such an agitation is carried out against secular government, communal forces get into power," he said. The Congress-led UPA Government is seriously making efforts to address problems of minorities, especially Muslims. Hence, such agitations will weaken the Government and help communal forces, Quasmi said.

Hazare`s agitation was a conspiracy to strengthen communal forces, he alleged. Meanwhile, another organisation, All India Ulema Council, said it will make its stand clear on Hazare`s agitation from Tuesday. Representatives of both organisations were present at Team Anna member Arvind Kejriwal`s meeting with Muslim organisations earlier in the day.