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Belagavi: JDS National General Secretary Zafrulla Khan appealed to all muslims to unitedly support JDS in the coming assembly elections as it is the only secular party in the state with high credentials. Defending his claim, Zafullakhan called Congress party as the one which used Muslims only as a vote bank, though the community blindly support party in state which is secular.Addressing JDS workers at the party convention at Kudachi, near Belagavi, Zafrullakhan called BJP and Congress as two sides of the same coin and said, while the BJP attacked from the front, Congress stabs from the back.Senior JDS leader Faizulla Madiwale appealed to Zafrullakhan to propose for revival of budget allocated to Wakf institutions if JDS came to power. He urged H D Kumaraswamy, state JDS president to allocate at least 7000 crore to Wakf institutions if the party came to power in the state as it would benefit Muslim community in many ways.

Faizulla attributed his asociation with JDS to the able leadership of former PM H D Deve Gowda and his son H D Kumaraswamy and the concerned both leaders had about the problems of muslim community. He recalled the reservation given by H D Deve Gowda during his tenure as CM to the macro minority and backward communities. Mushtaq Aunti, Ashfaq Madaki, Kalimulla Madiwale, Uttam Patil, Santosh Upadhye and many other leaders were present.