The Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) has defended the delay in distributing assistance which it has mobilised from its supporters for relief work among victims of Muzaffarnagar riots saying the fund collection has not been completed yet.

“The fund collection for relief work will be completed only by December 31. Relief disbursement will take place only after that date. Media reports about delay in distributing the relief are therefore baseless,” IUML secretary E.T. Mohammed Basheer said at a press conference here after a meeting of the party at League House here on Monday.

The meeting, presided over by party president E Ahamed, discussed media reports which said that about Rs.50 lakh collected for Muzaffarnagar riot victims had not been distributed.

Mr. Basheer said only some materials to meet the basic needs of riot victims had been distributed in relief camps. The expenses for these materials were not met from the relief fund either.

An amount of Rs.35 lakh had been raised so far for relief work.

It was also announced after the meeting that the IUML secretariat would meet on January 24 and the party political affairs committee would meet in Chennai to chalk out the party’s strategy for the coming Lok Sabha elections.

At Monday’s meeting, the party decided to implead in a case in the Supreme Court filed by the Gujarat government against the Prime Minister’s 15-point programme.

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