‘So-called Secular Parties suffered as People Annoyed With Them’
General secretary of Jamait Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Mahmood A Madani hopes that PM–designate Narendra Modi will live by the values of ‘Ekta’ and ‘Bhaichara’
The Muslim community has faith in the country’s basic values and the constitution and hopes that PM –designate Narendra Modi will provide equal opportunities and justice, an influential leader of the community has said. Speaking exclusively to ET, Maulana Mahmood A Madani, General secretary of the Jamait Ulama-i-Hind said “so-called secular parties” had suffered at the hustings as “people were annoyed with them.” “There should not be any fear or anxiety or apprehension (in the minds of Muslims). People come and go. This country is very strong. It will not bend or break,” he said. While some believed that Muslims would vote for the strongest anti-BJP candidate, a practice referred to as tactical voting, most political analysts say that no such consolidation happened as large sections of the nearly 170 million strong community were disenchanted with the ruling Congress-led UPA and other secular par t i e s s uch t he UP’s r ul i ng Samajwadi Patry. “The Congress had taken us for granted. They should introspect,” Madani said. Commenting on the performance of Akhilesh Yadav, Madani that the SP’s seat count had been reduced to single digits because of incidents of “communal tension” and violence and “multiple power centres.” “I had told Akhilesh that he would be reduced to below ten,” Madani said. Elaborating on why Muslims had not voted as a block against Modi, Madani, a former member of the Rajya Sabha, said younger Muslims had the same dreams as youngsters of other communities. “The Muslim youth have the same dreams as those from other communities...Youngsters of all communities are affected by corruption, misgovernance, unemployment.”
Welcoming Modi’s emphasis on development, Madani said Muslims would get the “maximum benefit” as they were among the most deprived. “Muslims are the second largest (community). The county cannot go forward without us. Muslims and Dalits will get the maximum benefit from development” said Madani.
Founded in 1919, the organization is widely believed to wield considerable influence over members of the Sunni community. Muslims comprise just under 14% of India’s 1.2 billion population.
Speaking on the election of Modi, Maulana Madani said he hoped the PM-elect will live by the values of “Ekta” and “Bhaichara.” Asked to elaborate on the community’s expectations Madani said Modi should ensure equal opportunities.
“All Indians should get equal opportunities. Justice delivery system should be strengthened. Governance, equal opportunities and justice are inter-connected,” said Madani. When asked if his organization would take up cases of members of the community who facing what human-rights activists have described as false cases, Madani said they were yet to formulate a strategy on how to approach the new government on this issue.