Minorities, Dalits should stand up for protection of Constitution: Jamiat Ulama

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Mumtaz Alam, IndiaTomorrow.net,
New Delhi, March 09: “From several sides, hateful voices are being raised. Even Members of the Parliament, which is the most respected body in our country, are spitting fire against minorities especially Muslims. It is feared that even the Constitution may be burnt. Therefore, we think it is now necessary for us to jump into the field to establish peace and strengthen relations of love,” said Maulana Syed Arshad Madani, President, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (Arshad Madani faction) while addressing a press conference here on Wednesday.

He was briefing the press about the National Solidarity Conference that Jamiat is going to hold on March 12 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in New Delhi.

“Around 30-40 thousand people from different communities including Muslims, Hindus and Christians will attend the conference and pledge for protection of the secular constitution and our Ganga-Jamuni (composite) culture. We have no political purpose behind the event because ours is not a political organisation,” said Madani.

While strongly condemning the hateful speeches against minorities, Maulana Madani strongly criticized the central BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for maintaining silence over the issue.

“The biggest problem is that government is not stopping the hatemongers. For the last one year, fire is being spitted but the government is completely silent? The things were not as vicious two years back. Things were bad earlier also but not like that. Things are worse than what was after the independence. Today there is fear and terror among people especially minorities from Kashmir to Kanyakumari and from Manipur to Mumbai. Here and there churches are attacked; whatever comes in their mind, they speak against Muslims. This is our country and for its protection, we will raise our voice,” said Maulana Madani.

When IndiaTomorrow.net asked if he has invited Radhika Vemula, the mother of Rohith Vemula who has emerged as symbol of atrocities against Dalits, Maulana Madani said: “I cannot say if she will come or not. But we have invited eminent persons from dalit community and I hope they will come and put their issues before the people. Our program is not only for Muslims and several other minorities who are facing atrocities are also involved in it.”

“Our country is secular but it is unfortunate that the communal minded people want to burn secularism of the country but we want to protect it,” said Maulana Madani

When asked if he would like to talk to PM over the issue, he said: “If I have event 2% hope that the government will listen to me, I would meet him 50 times not just once. But how can we meet when their people are spitting fire and so much so that one says that Islam should be wiped out if we want to remove terrorism.”

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