The Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (JUH) has decided to launch a public campaign against the Samajwadi Party for “not fulfilling its poll promises” towards Muslims and other weaker sections of the society. The campaign will be launched after the JUH’s state executive meeting, which is scheduled for December 31 in Lucknow’s Scientific Convention Centre. The organisation, led by Mahmood Madani, will launch its membership drive at the meeting, with an aim to enroll “at least 1.50 crore members across the country and 25 lakh members in Uttar Pradesh”.
Sources said the membership drive is an attempt by the organisation to show its strength in the wake of the upcoming state assembly elections in 2017.
“We have reviewed the performance of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government’s three years in office. It has failed to implement the promise of giving reservation to Muslims, which was part of their poll manifesto,” Hayatullah Qasmi, JUH’s state president, told The Indian Express.
“Another concern is the series of riots during the present regime. Security of life and property of Muslims and other weaker sections will be on our agenda during the discussion,” he added.
Qasmi also said that after the state executive committee meeting, a public campaign will be launched against the ruling party and its national president Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“The dates for the public campaign will be decided during the meeting. We will adopt all means of protest which are democratically permissible,” he said. JUH plans to organise public functions in several cities highlighting the SP government’s “failure towards Muslims”. “Mulayam Singh had himself assured to protect Muslims and their rights but he has failed. We will not hesitate to go against him,” Qasmi added.
The state executive committee will launch the membership drive, which is held once every two years. Qasmi said the organisation would strive to increase its membership strength in UP to 25 lakh. The members elect district, state and central units.
“The agenda has been decided by the state unit. I have been invited,” Madani said. He added the organisation had 1.23 crore members across the country during the last membership drive, and that they would take this number to 1.50 crore.