We don’t need a purely Muslim political party: Jamiat leader
Kanpur: In a secular and democratic country like India, a communal Muslim political party based on emotional calling is not just dangerous for the community but also for the country as a whole. The sole idea of Muslims’ unity to beat the BJP will strengthen the communal forces and will not bring any dividends for the Muslims in India. These are the thoughts that were expressed by Jamiat Ulala-e-Hind’s state president Maulana Matinul Haq Usama Qasmi during his meeting with Peace Party’s national president Dr Muhammad Ayyub.
It should be kept in mind that Peace Party has been trying to do in Uttar Pradesh what All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) led by businessman/ cleric Badruddin Ajmal Qasmi did in Assam. Perfume baron’s political venture has become a major player in the north eastern state. It is completely a different matter that despite doing well in elections he and his party remain on the margins in the state politics due to strong showing by either Congress or the BJP in consequent elections.
Maulana Qasmi while talking to Dr Ayyub said that Jamiat is opposed to emotional politics and is also opposed to a separate political party meant for Muslims alone. Though he went on to add that there was some space left for a purely secular party. He asked the Peace Party president and others to refrain from negative voting with intent to defeat the BJP alone. He said that there was an urgent need to cooperate with different sections of the society for the development of the nation and its growth. He said it was more important to shun negative feelings and work on positive strategies.
The cleric commended Dr Ayub for collaborating with Mahan Dalit and Nishad Samaj parties for the forthcoming UP elections 2017.
While appraising the cleric of his work, Peace Party president said that there are 73 Muslim members in UP assembly right now, nonetheless these people are not in a position to raise forceful voice supporting the community. They strengthen their respective parties and not the Muslim community in the state. He said that communal parties are creating differences among Muslim communities by highlighting their internal differences. They are trying to divide the Muslims on the basis of caste, linguistic and maslaki differences.
When his attention was drawn to Muslims’ educational backwardness, Dr Ayyub said that he is establishing a medical college in Basti, eastern UP. He also said that hundreds of villages that lacked electrification in the region are now electrified thanks to his efforts. Dr Ayyub also said that he abhors corruption and has decided to enter politics merely for the benefit of minorities, Dalits and other weaker sections of the society.(Translated from Inquilab)