Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind President Maulana Arshad Madani Wednesday questioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s silence over “attempts to transform the country into a Hindu Rashtra”.
Calling the current situation in the country “worse than at the time of Partition”, Madani said: “Divisive forces have been active in the country for over a year and Modi has kept quiet.”
He also announced Jamiat’s plan to organise a “National Solidarity Conference” on March 12 at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium.
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He added that Dalit leaders, religious representative and political leaders will come together at the conference for “seriously considering” the conditions prevalent in the country.
According to Madani, nearly 40,000 people are expected to attend the event. The Jamiat chief also attacked the government for treating all opposition as sedition.
“The present government is trying to interpret patriotism according to its own ideology. After independence, this is the first time that those who are opposed to the government are being regarded as anti-national,” Madani said.
Referring to Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s suicide, Madani alleged that students belonging to backward sections were being branded “anti-national” for resisting ‘Manuwadis’.
“Circumstances have also led to a suicide. The gulf between Muslims and Hindus is getting wider and both seem to be afraid of each other,” he said.
Madani also accused the government of trying to isolate Muslims, other minorities and Dalits.
“We are not supporters of any party nor opposed to them. We have faith in the unity and solidarity of the country. There are a few who say that we are against the BJP, but we are only opposed to their mentality which seems to undermine the unity and solidarity of the country…. This is our country also and we will fight for our space in our country,” he said.
He added that the Jamiat was willing to make every possible effort to protect the unity, solidarity, secularism and Constitution of India. That, he said, will be the purpose of the Solidarity Conference.