Election results show clear rejection of BJP’s hate politics, says JIH President, commends Muslim community’s role in shaping inclusive national agenda

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By Anwarulhaq Baig

New Delhi–Commending the Muslim community for their mature and thoughtful participation in the electoral process, which shifted focus to broader national issues like poverty alleviation, unemployment reduction, and combating communal hatred, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) President Syed Sadatullah Husaini highlighted that the election results sent a clear message against the previous BJP-led government’s politics of hatred, misuse of political agencies to suppress opposition, and extreme pro-corporate policies that exacerbated poverty and unemployment.

Presiding over a program at the JIH headquarters, Mr. Husaini emphasized the transformative impact of the 2024 general elections on India’s political landscape, highlighting a significant shift in the approach of the country’s Muslim community. The JIH president described the election results as a resounding success for Indian citizens, particularly the Muslim community. He explained that true political power lies in influencing state policy and governance agendas through shaping public opinion, rather than merely counting the number of elected representatives from one’s community. “This election has been a milestone not just for Indian Muslims but for the entire nation,” Mr. Husaini declared.

“Politics is about influencing state policy, not just electing MPs,” Mr. Husaini said. “In democratic societies, it is crucial to change public thinking, which in turn shapes the political and governance agenda,” he added, underscoring the importance of engaging constructively to set a positive agenda for governance and state policy.

The JIH leader began by acknowledging the insights shared by the JIH Vice President Malik Moatasim Khan, reflecting on the political and social challenges that have been met with renewed determination. Mr. Husaini articulated that in democratic societies, particularly in a diverse and populous nation like India, the most crucial factor in influencing state policies is the ability to impact public consciousness and alter collective thinking. This change in public mindset, he asserted, directly influences electoral outcomes, sets political agendas, and ultimately dictates governance priorities.

“The 2024 elections have marked a milestone in the history of Indian politics, especially for the Indian Muslims,” the JIH leader stated. “Muslims and democracy-loving citizens of this country have visibly influenced public thought, which in turn will have profound implications for policy making,” he added. Mr. Husaini expressed confidence that the shifts observed in the recent elections would lead to positive policy outcomes, echoing Mr. Malik’s earlier remarks.

The JIH President pointed out that the election results sent a clear message against the previous BJP government’s three major blunders. Firstly, he pointed to the divisive politics of hatred that sought to isolate certain communities and stigmatize them. This approach, according to him, involved using political tools to marginalize and harass some segments of society, spreading venomous narratives, and attempting to sever social bonds.

The second significant misstep, Mr. Husaini noted, was the misuse of political agencies, including the Enforcement Directorate (ED), the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Election Commission, and the courts. He highlighted how these institutions were leveraged to undermine opposition parties, exert undue pressure, and manipulate political outcomes even in regions where the BJP faced electoral defeat.

The third blunder, the JIH leader continued, was the extreme crony capitalism that concentrated the nation’s wealth in the hands of a few, exacerbating poverty and unemployment among the broader population.

The JIH chief noted that the electorates especially in Uttar Pradesh rejected first one, ‘politics of hate.’ 

In Uttar Pradesh, a state known for its “bulldozer politics” and intense political divisiveness, the BJP faced a significant electoral defeat even in Ayodhya, known for the saffron party’s  Mandir-Masjid politics. This, Mr. Husaini asserted, was a direct rebuke of the politics of hate and division.

In Maharashtra, another critical state where the BJP suffered considerable losses, the JIH president attributed the setback to the electorate’s rejection of manipulative and coercive political practices, including breaking opposition parties and misusing government agencies including.

Mr. Husaini commended the Muslim community for their mature and thoughtful participation in the electoral process, shifting focus from narrowly defined community-specific concerns to broader national issues such as poverty alleviation, unemployment reduction, and combating communal hatred. Embracing a broader national agenda, they worked in coalition with other marginalized groups like Dalits, farmers, and labourers. This new political maturity, the JIH leader suggested, has redefined the political engagement of Muslims in India, aligning their efforts with the wider civil society to address fundamental national challenges and influence the national discourse. Emphasizing the need for continued constructive engagement on national agendas, forming alliances with various social groups including minorities, Dalits, farmers, and other groups, he urged for a collective effort to drive positive change.

He expressed hope that if Muslims continued on this path of principled struggle, addressing developmental issues while adhering to the teachings of the Quran and Sunnah, and forging alliances with fellow citizens, their political future, and that of the entire nation, would be brighter and more promising.

Highlighting that the challenges faced over the past decade have fostered political maturity among Muslims, Mr. Husaini concluded that this maturity, was vividly demonstrated in the recent elections and paves the way for a brighter political future for Muslims and the nation as a whole. The JIH President called upon the youth, in particular, to adopt this mature political outlook and work relentlessly towards shaping a better future for all.

Parliamentary Elections: A Rebuke of Hatred and a Call for Change says JIH Vice President

Speaking on the occasion, JIH Vice President Malik Moatasim Khan has offered a comprehensive analysis of the results and their implications for the nation’s future. Addressing the programme focused on the election outcomes and their impact on Indian Muslims, Moatasim Khan’s remarks shed light on the electorate’s resounding message.

“The people of India have decided. This is their declaration that the concept of ‘one party, one leader, one language, one religion’ is unacceptable. They reject uniformity,” Moatasim Khan asserted. “India is a land of multiple religions, cultures, and diversity, and this decision is a manifestation of the people’s embrace of unity amidst differences.”

According to the JIH V-P, the results reflect the electorate’s repudiation of divisive forces promoting hatred and their endorsement of inclusive forces striving for national unity. The election outcome serves as a stark warning for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a glimmer of hope for the opposition alliance, the Indian National Democratic Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).

Securing 243 seats, a substantial number, the INDIA alliance’s victory is attributed to the unwavering support of farmers, women, minorities, Dalits, and civil society. Moatasim Khan emphasized that the opposition parties owe their newfound strength to the resilience and determination of the masses, who spearheaded the anti-incumbency movement that the opposition should have led.

“The people did not merely cast their votes but also led the charge against the government, a role the opposition parties should have assumed,” the JIH Vice President  stated.

Acknowledging the multifaceted factors that influenced the vote, including inflation, unemployment, authoritarianism, corruption, and religious polarization or communalism, Moatasim Khan underscored the varying impact of these issues across different states. He noted that urban voters leaned more toward the divisive BJP, while rural voters overwhelmingly supported the opposition alliance.

Significantly, the JIH Vice President highlighted the pivotal role played by five major states – Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Maharashtra, and Tamil Nadu – which collectively account for a substantial portion of the parliamentary seats. In these states, the electorate decisively rejected the politics of hatred espoused by the communal BJP, delivering a resounding blow to the party’s dominance.

While the BJP suffered setbacks, the JIH Vice President cautioned against complacency, stating that the battle against divisive forces is an ongoing struggle. He emphasized the need for the opposition to recognize the mandate bestowed upon them by the people and work tirelessly to uphold democratic institutions, combat inflation and unemployment, and foster an atmosphere of peace and harmony.

On the subject of Muslim representation in Parliament, Moatasim Khan acknowledged that the current figure of 24 Muslim MPs falls short of the community’s aspirations. However, he stressed that numerical strength alone is not the ultimate goal; rather, the focus should be on fostering an inclusive social agenda that upholds justice, equality, and the values enshrined in the Indian Constitution.

“Muslims must work towards a holistic developmental agenda for the nation and strive to contribute to all spheres of society – judiciary, bureaucracy, and media,” the JIH Vice President asserted. “Merely increasing the number of Muslim MPs without addressing these broader issues will yield limited benefits.”

Moatasim Khan urged Muslims to redouble their efforts at the grassroots level, actively participating in local body elections and cultivating a pool of politically aware and capable leaders. He emphasized the importance of building a strong societal foundation for meaningful political representation.

Addressing the opposition parties, the JIH Vice President cautioned against complacency and urged them to remain grounded, listen to the masses, and work tirelessly to uphold the values of democracy, justice, and inclusivity that the electorate has so resoundingly endorsed.

As the nation gears up for upcoming state assembly elections, Motasim Khan stressed the importance of sustaining the momentum generated by these parliamentary results. He called upon civil society to remain vigilant and committed to the cause of fostering a just, equitable, and harmonious India, free from the shackles of hatred and divisiveness.

“The road ahead is long, but these election results have provided a promising opportunity to shape the nation in accordance with the people’s aspirations,” the JIH V-P concluded. “It is incumbent upon all stakeholders – the government, opposition parties, and civil society – to heed the electorate’s voice and work collectively towards realizing the dream of a truly democratic, inclusive, and prosperous India.”

According to political analysts and civil society, the 2024 Indian parliamentary elections have emerged as a watershed moment, reflecting the people’s rejection of divisive politics and their yearning for a society rooted in the principles of unity, justice, and progress. 

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