Didnít ask Muslims to back Modi, says Shahabuddin


Arshad Madani and Maulana Nomani (both factions of Jaimat Ulema e Hind), Tariq Anwar (NCP), Zafarul Islam (head of Majlis e Mushawarat), Dr Manzoor Alam (All India Milli Council), Mohd Ahmed (Jamaat e Islami) have been addressed in the clarification letter.

Shahabuddin has apologised for using the letterhead of the JCMOE (whose component organisations have distanced themselves from the letter) and said using the letterhead was a "mistake" as the letter was a "personal and strategic" initiative.

The storm over his suggested 'advice' to Muslims created complications for Shahabuddin, as his daughter is a minister in the JD(U)-BJP government in Bihar. The banner headlines in the Urdu press suggested that he had taken this stand as a part of his personal agenda.

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