Former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan to launch minority party, says will work closely with Congress

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Former Olympian Aslam Sher Khan to launch minority party, says will work closely with Congress

Sher Khan announced the formation of party for minorities that will try to unite Muslims across the country.

Former union minister and Hockey Olympian Aslam Sher Khan has announced the formation of party for minorities that will try to unite Muslims across the country.

Named as National Congress Alpsankhyak Dal, the party will work in coordination with the Congress party but will be a separate entity, Aslam Sher Khan while addressing a press conference in Bhopal on Thursday said.

"I had a very long meeting with Congress vice president in the month of June. There were several other prominent minority leaders in that meeting from which it emerged that Muslims felt that the congress was not standing for them on critical issues on one hand while the Congress party too was losing crucial support from the majority community as it was being labelled as a party of minorities.

So I felt the only way forward was to form the National Congress Alpsankhyak Dal," he said.

"Muslims have a sizeable strength in at least 50 assembly seats in Madhya Pradesh. We will galvanise people in these constituencies and convince them to ensure the defeat of communal forces as it is a question of survival," he said.

"As far as I am concerned, I seek nothing as I am not even interested in contesting elections. We will collect Rs 15 crore and distribute it amongst secular candidates in these constituencies," he added.2017-09-21The Madhya Pradesh Congress party immediately after Aslam Sher Khan's press conference distanced itself from the development.

"He had submitted his resignation to Congress President Sonia Gandhi on September 5, 2016. The same was accepted on September 13 last year. He is no longer a member of the Congress party and the party does not have anything to do with what he says or does," Congress Spokesman KK Mishra while talking to India Today said.

The Congress party also circulated Aslam Sher Khan's resignation letter that he had written to the Congress President in September 2016.