‘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 Economic Times - - Pure Politics - RO­HINI SINGH

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.

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