Eye on 2014,Jamiat factions in overdrive

He also attacked the Congress and SP and argued that every party in the country has fooled minorities.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: March 6, 2013 1:13 am

With the Lok Sabha elections just a year away,the two factions of the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind have gone into overdrive organising a slew of conferences with demands for Muslim reservation,introduction and passage of the Communal Violence (Prevention,Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill and release of “innocent” Muslim youth languishing in jail on terror charges.

Within a fortnight of Jamiat faction led by Arshad Madani’s meeting at the Talkatora Stadium on these demands,his nephew and former MP Mahmood Madani — who is the general secretary of the other faction — Tuesday organised an ‘Insaaf March’ at the same venue with identical demands.

Interestingly,addressing the gathering,Mahmood Madani asked the BJP to clarify its stand on Muslims saying if it does so,the “country’s destiny would definitely change”. Madani had recently kicked up a row among Muslim clerics with an interview where he appeared to endorse Gujarat CM Narendra Modi’s government.

He also attacked the Congress and SP and argued that every party in the country has fooled minorities. Madani was a Rajya Sabha member from Ajit Singh’s RLD. He specifically mentioned about the Congress and SP and argued that “Muslims are not bonded labourers of any particular party” and asked UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi to ensure that communal violence Bill is passed within a year.

“You can’t remain competent and eligible to the legacy of the great family if injustices in the states run by your party are not stopped,and communal violence law is not enacted during the UPA regime,” he said. He slammed SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his failure to fulfil his party’s poll promise of providing 18 per cent reservation to the Muslims,releasing Muslim youth arrested on false charges and allowing the reconstruction and repair of mosques in Uttar Pradesh.

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