Fri, 20 Jan 2012 08:39:00 GMT

Muslim groups threaten protest if Rushdie attends Jaipur fest

While mystery still surrounds the visit of Salman Rushdie at the Jaipur Literature Festival, Muslims groups today said they would protest if the controversial author makes it to the event as the organisers had turned down their demand of withdrawing his invite.

Muslim groups threaten protest if Rushdie attends Jaipur fest

Several Muslim groups held a meeting with the organisers of the festival today and demanded cancellation of Rushdie's invite; that was rejected.

"Muslim members will assemble at Jama Masjid in Johri Bazaar tomorrow and after prayers and dharna we will pass a resolution demanding cancellation of his visit.

"The response of the state government and theorganisers was poor and they did nothing to ban Rushdie's proposed visit," said Kari Moinuddin, Co-ordinator of Rajasthan Muslim Forum.

Meanwhile, the organisers said that they have not re-sent the invitation but they stand by their invite to Rushdie.

"We had discussions with Muslim groups with regard to Rushdie's visit and apprised them about our stand. We have to ensure first that we stand for freedom of expression and the festival has always stood for issues of minority and any other community," Sanjay Roy, the festival producer, said at the inaugural press conference.

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