Karnataka Waqf Board Chairman NKM Shafi Saadi resigned earlier this week. Shafi Saadi was elected as the Waqf Board chairman one and a half years ago, following the passing of Dr Muhammad Yusuf, the previous chairman. According to reports, he resigned from his position after the 1.5-year contractual time had passed.
Anwar Chitradurga, a board member from the Muttala Waqf Division, and Advocate Riyaz Khan, a representative of the Bar Council, are set to run for Waqf Board Chairman in the upcoming election. Up to the subsequent election, Shafi Saadi will remain in office as president-in-waiting.
He had been dismissed from his position as soon as the Congress government took office, but the order was later overturned. Shafi Saadi, the leader of the Samasta Kanthapuram faction, was one of the four individuals whose nominations the Congress government revoked. Other Waqf Board members who lost their jobs included Mir Azhar Hussain, G. Yakub, and IAS officer Sehera Naseem. With the BJP’s backing, Saadi was elected to lead the Waqf Board.
Shafi Saadi urged that Muslims be given the role of deputy chief minister and significant ministerial positions in the government after the Congress took control of the state. Shafi Saadi keeps close contact with the BJP.
On November 17, 2021, Shafi Saadi, the general secretary of the Karnataka Muslim Jamaat, won the race for the position of chairman of the Waqf Board. He was a candidate that the BJP backed. Law Minister J.C. said, “Shafi Saadi is a bridge that fills the gap between Muslims and themselves”. Madhuswamy responded then. Minister Musra Sasikala Jole also described his victory as an achievement of the BJP.
Shafi Saadi, who previously held the position of SSF Karnataka State President in 2010 and 2016, is also the principal organiser of the SSF-affiliated Al Ihsan Educational Complex in North Karnataka. He is also the head of the Kanthapuram branch of the Karnataka Muslim Jamaat.