New Delhi: Waseem Rizvi, who is infamous for his remarks against certain Quranic verses, was again elected as a member of Uttar Pradesh Shia Central Waqf Board.
The Board’s tenure had ended around 10 months ago following which the government had appointed an administrator. However, after the intervention of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court, election was held for the new Board on Tuesday
Rizvi got 21 out of 29 votes. Besides him, mutawali of Talkatora Imambara and BJP member Syed Faizi also got elected as a member from mutawali quota. During the election process, a few mutawalis and their supporters reportedly had a heated exchange of words.
When Rizvi reached the board’s office for the election process, there were objections from some people. According to Hindi Daily Amar Ujala, he had a heated altercation with another candidate Ashfaque Zia till the police had to intervene.
Rizvi is a controversial figure who was in news recently for filing a petition in the Supreme Court wherein he demanded that certain verses of the holy Quran be deleted. The petition has since been dismissed with the apex court imposing a cost of Rs 50,000 on him.