Respect the basic rights of citizens equally; don’t allow sectarian, class conflicts: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind’s CAC to BJP-led NDA government

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India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI— The Central Advisory Council (CAC) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has asked the BJP-led central government “to respect the basic rights of all the citizens of the country equally and, not allow sectarian and class conflicts to arise in the country.”

This is among several resolutions passed at the end of a three-day meeting of JIH’s CAC that concluded here on June 25.

The resolution said that “the BJP-led alliance government that has come to power is responsible for everyone, including those who voted for it and those who opposed it.”

“No discrimination or prejudice should be shown among the citizens by the government,” the resolution demanded.

The resolution is quite significant in view of some BJP MPs having blatantly announced that they will not support the cause of Muslims because the Muslims of their respective constituencies did not vote for them.

The CAC said that the responsibility of the secular political parties in the NDA has increased manifold at this juncture. It said that “if the secular parties are supporting the government, then it is their responsibility based on their principles to ensure that the government strictly adheres to the democratic principles and practices, refrains from interference in the autonomy of democratic institutions, and the democratic rights and freedoms of the people and takes the problems and issues of every section of the society seriously.”

“While rejecting the policies of cruel capitalism and selective sectarianism, such policies should be promoted which ensure the fair distribution of resources, and empowerment of the weaker and underprivileged sections of the society,” the CAC demanded.

CAC felt that “by giving full respect to the rights of minorities, especially Muslims, their trust can be restored.”

The JIH’s CAC said the mandate of the people in 2024 Lok Sabha elections has conveyed a message “in favour of democracy over autocracy, constitutional principles over fundamentalism and sectarianism, liberalism and development over hatred and division, and in favour of inclusiveness over arrogance.”

Feeling that “the people have not given power back to the ruling party but has voted for a coalition government of the NDA and a strong Opposition,” the CAC advised that “those in charge of the government should understand this public mandate well and make appropriate reforms in their policies accordingly.”

As the BJP has suffered losses in the Northern and Western parts of the country due to its ideological policies, it has strengthened its hold in the South, the CAC said, “The responsibility of the people of the Southern states has increased. They should not let the poison of sectarianism and hatred spread in their states, which has caused severe damage to the rest of the country. In Uttar Pradesh, a large state of India, where for the past several years, an atmosphere of tyranny and violence was being created against Muslims based on religious fanaticism, seeds of rift between two classes were being sown in the name of mosque and temple, and instead of rule of law, a general atmosphere of tyranny and oppression, fanaticism and arbitrary use of law was created – the people of the state have, through their votes, clearly expressed their disapproval and displeasure with that evil trend.”

The CAC noted that secular parties would not have achieved the success if they had risen above their party interest and personal pride and entered into an electoral alliance.

“It is also a fact that the public’s trust in the opposition developed when it adopted a clear and courageous stand against sectarianism, communalism, and the politics of hatred and division. They succeeded in the states where they came out with a clear stand against sectarianism and wherever they fell prey to hesitation, fear, pressure, greed, and selfishness, they had to face failure this time too,” JIH’s CAC felt.

The JIH Central Advisory Council also admired the extraordinary efforts of civil society in the recent elections, which silently and with wisdom and intelligence made a continuous and united effort to establish democracy in the country and to maintain communal peace and harmony and to stop the tyrannical policies and awakened the public consciousness.

The CAC said that strategic voting by Dalits and backward classes for protection of the Constitution also yielded positive results.

The Central Advisory Council of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind felt that the Muslims as a whole displayed “great wisdom, intelligence, trusting insight patience, and tolerance during the elections.”

“There were systematic and continuous efforts to mislead, harass, and hurt their sentiments during the elections, but they kept themselves safe from this trap and used their votes very politely and without any fear. The JIH Central Advisory Council pays tribute to the Muslim community for this and appeals to them to continue this wise attitude in the present circumstances of the country. Similarly, the Council appreciates the organized and successful efforts of the Muslim religious and social organizations, scholars, youth, and other individuals and prays for their welfare,” the CAC highlighted.

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