Among the many tall Muslim leaders who joined the SP in current months embody Salim Iqbal Sherwani from the Congress — a five-time MP and pal of Rajiv Gandhi. Sherwani, 68, had joined the SP within the wake of the Babri Masjid demolition, however returned to the Congress in 2009 when the SP selected Dharmendra Yadav, a nephew of Mulayam Singh Yadav, over him for a celebration ticket.
Sherwani is already being made to share the stage with celebration chief Akhilesh Yadav in lots of vital programmes held by the SP, together with the kisan mahapanchayat that was held in Aligarh in March, in a powerful message to the Muslim neighborhood.
Extra not too long ago, the SP has welcomed Sibgatullah Ansari, the eldest of the Ansari brothers and a former BSP MLA from Mohammadabad in Ghazipur, and his son into the celebration. The Ansaris, who additionally embody BSP MP Afzal Ansari in addition to (the now ex-BSP MLA) Mukhtar Ansari, wield appreciable clout over Muslims within the Purvanchal districts of Ghazipur and Mau, and surrounding areas.
Different Muslim leaders with robust affect of their respective districts who joined the SP embody former BSP MP from Sitapur Kaiser Jahan.