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5th March,2004

New Delhi.

Muslim Political council organised a one day convention on Muslim agenda for Lok Sabha Polls 2004 in Rajinder Bhawan today. Speaking on the occasion speakers after press the non NDA secular parties to forge an alliance as earliest otherwise Muslim community will feel that secularism is no more a commitment for those who are creating hindrance for such an alliance Dr Tasleem Rehmani President of the Council warned secularist forces that Muslim will no more be a mute spectator if secularism is compromised upon  He said we are the only community in India who never voted for any saffronised group we are a  15% odd consolidated vote chunk for the secularist forces so we have every right over these forces to [press them to come together to fight the communist forces.

He said still Indian electorate are largely secular and fascist could never muster more then 23 % votes at there maximum but still if they are in power, it is due to this division of secular votes. He urged all non NDA parties keep aside all the r personal disputes and ideological conflicts for the sake of the upholding secular values otherwise Muslim community will see them as indirect supporters of BJP and its allies. Speaking on the occasion Imam of Masjid Fatehpuri Mufti Mukkaraam Ahmed said religion and politics must go together for the welfare of mankind . He severely criticised article 341 and said this is against the sprit of secularism

.He also criticised Bharat uday Yatra of BJP and said that these yatras will serve no purpose but to spread communal venom.Mr Atul Kumar Anjan and Mr Shamim Faizi of CPI were Laos present on the in the convention Mr anjan said secularists are divided into 2 groups now one is a truly secular group and other is a Goonda secularism he said unfortunately most of the parties belong to the second group He admitted in the convention that we can not completely over look the rule of religion in solving day today problems of mankind so we not anti religion anymore and religious groups should also join hand with us,

maulana Ahmed Ali Qasmi Gen Sec of Muslim Majlis Mushawarat , Maulana Yasin Akhtat Misbahi chairman of Muslim Mushawarati board and Maulana Zeeshan Hidayati President Shia Political Front also addressed the gathering . political leaders of all the non NDA secular parties were invited in the convention but only CPI leaders joined the convention.Resolutions passed in the convention are attached herewith.

 

 

 

MOHD SAJID

Office secretary