The results of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections will surely trigger a debate over whether the UPA government’s Muslim quota move worked or backfired and the Batla House encounter controversy has had any effect on the Muslim voting pattern. Ahead of the results on March 6,an influential Muslims puritanical body made it clear the Batla House episode and the reservation issue continued to agitate the Muslim mind.
And there could be more. The Markazi Jamiat Ahl-e-Hadees Hind,which has a considerable support base,said it would campaign for changes in the Direct Tax code as they as well as other Muslim outfits are opposed to bringing religious and charitable institutions and trusts under its ambit.
It also demanded changes in the Wakf Amendment Bill as it feels the Bill in its present form would result in the community losing control of many Wakf land.
The Ahl-e-Hadees organised a two-day conference on a purely religious topic trustworthiness of Prophet Mohammads exemplary companions. The congregation at the Ram Lila ground was addressed by Saud bin Ibrahim Al Shoraim,the Imam of the grand Mosque in Mecca. He also led the prayers. A resolution passed at the end of the conference,however,was more political than theological.
It noted that the Batla House episode and inadequate reservations for Muslims are still issues of concern. And so were some of the provisions in the DTC Bill and Wakf Amendment Bill. Asghar Ali Imam Mehdi Salafi,the general secretary of the outfit,said a probe into the Batla House encounter was necessary. An investigation would not undermine the institutions but would only reinforce the faith in law and justice in the country, he told The Sunday Express.
Regarding quota,the Ahl-e-Hadees resolution demanded that the community should be given more reservation on the basis of the reports of the Justice Sachar committee and the Ranganath Misra commission. As in the past,it condemned acts of terror. Salafi said there was no place for terrorism in Islam and blamed some misguided elements for bringing a bad name for the community.