NCP trying to buy MIM corporators: MLA

Aurangabad/Mumbai: Local Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (MIM) MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel today alleged that Sharad Pawar-led NCP was trying to "buy" some corporators and leaders of his party.

Jaleel claimed the NCP was trying to effect the rift in MIM through "allurement" ahead of May 16 'drought rally' of Pawar here. However, the NCP has rubbished the allegation as baseless.

"Some leaders and corporators of our party (MIM) were offered up to Rs 30 lakh for joining NCP but no one is going to fall prey to this temptation," he told reporters.

The MLA also presented the "Action-Taken Report (ATR)" of the BJP-led government on wakf properties in the state.

"The government should snatch such properties which are identified as encroached upon by private parties and hand them over to Muslim community for setting up educational institutions and hospitals in the region," he said.

Jaleel claimed wakf properties worth more than Rs 1000 crore are encroached upon in Aurangabad itself by a few landlords and mafias.

He announced a 'dharna' protest on May 20 demanding action against the police officers who had arrested innocent Muslim youths in the 2006 Malegaon bomb blasts case.

"These investigating officers had deliberately named these youths and indicted them in the Malegaon blasts case for the purpose of harassment. The government should take action against such officers under the provisions of MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crimes Act) and sue them," he said.

A sessions court in Mumbai had last month discharged nine Muslim men of all terror charges in the case, ten years after their arrest.

Jaleel said the then chief minister and home minister in the Congress-NCP government were aware about the innocence of the Muslim youths.

When contacted, NCP spokesperson Nawab Malik said, "the real face of MIM is that they are in cahoots with BJP.

They are levelling baseless allegations as a face saving measure. There are no elections due in Aurangabad in near future so there is no need for us to lure them. Recently, an entire MIM unit from Beed joined the NCP".

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