ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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LABOUR-Working Class on the Defensive

.suasions having its consequential base in Lucknow. The traditional theological leaders of the Shia sect of UP, like Maulana Kalb-c-Sadiq and Maulana Kalb-e- Abid, would have liked to be on the right side of the Establishments in New Delhi and Lucknow, following the return of Indira Gandhi to power in 1980. Thus, they wire unhappy at the prospect, last year, of the election of Syed Ali Zaheer, a disgruntled politician in his eighties and now a persona non grata in the corridors of power, as Shia Conference's President. Instead, according to a revelation made by Azaaem, they wanted the Conference to be led by Colonel B H Zaidi, whose loyalty to the Central Government could not be challenged. Zaidi has been, at different points of time, Prime Minister of the erstwhile state of Rampur, Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University, a Congress Member of Rajya Sabha and Chairman of Associated Journals, publishers of the Congress(I) organ, National Herald.

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