NEW DELHI – Releasing people’s manifesto for the present Lok Sabha elections, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, one of the largest Muslim Organizations in India, demanded security for Muslims and deprived sections, reservation for minorities especially Muslims, protection of religious and cultural rights of minorities, police reforms, introduction of interest-free banking and implementation of Sachar committee recommendations.
The manifesto was released by Jamaat chief Syed Jalaluddin Omri at Press Club of India in New Delhi on Wednesday.
“We will send our manifesto and approach to all political parties who believe in democracy and secularism,” said Jamaat’s vice-president Nusrat Ali while releasing the manifesto.
“We not only want them to accept this manifesto but also implement it,” said Mohammed Salim, General Secretary of the Jamaat, while interacting with media-persons.
The manifesto highlighted many crucial issues concerning the country and its people such as right to livelihood, affirmative action for deprived sections, the independence of state institutions i.e CBI and RBI, employment, agriculture, education policy, security regulations and proper use of wakf properties.
Demanding reservation for minorities and Muslims in particular, the manifesto said “Indian Muslims are a deprived lot, it is necessary to provide reservation for them. Hence the Ranganath Misra Commission’s report should be implemented. Reservation to all minorities should be provided in education and jobs. Among such reserved positions; two third should be marked for Muslims”.
Raising the issue of police reform, Jamaat through its manifesto wants 25% reservation for minorities in the police. “Recommendations made by National Police Commission should be followed. Comprehensive reformative measures should be initiated to revamp the police with 25 per cent reservation for minorities. Recommendations about police, made by National minority commission should also be implemented”.
In the manifesto, the Jamaat expressed its grave concern over the ‘attack’ on Muslim Personal Law from ‘misguided elements’. “Religious and cultural identity of Muslims and their cultural rights are being targeted. Specific measures should be taken in this regard to safeguard the Muslims within a constitutional framework,” demanded the Jamaat.
The Jamaat has also taken serious cognizance of the incidents of mob lynching happened across the country after Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party came to power at Centre. In the manifesto, it demanded ‘effective legal measures’ to put a check on ‘atrocities on minorities’. “Effective legal measures should be initiated to check increasing atrocities on minorities. Mob lynching should invite appropriate legal punishment and the perpetrators should be swiftly identified and booked. National Advisory Council has already given important suggestions to prevent riots and ensure rehabilitation of victims of riots. Similar measures are needed for victims of mob lynching as well,” reads the manifesto.
Agrarian crisis also finds space in the manifesto. The Jamaat demanded implementation of the recommendations of the Swaminathan Commission. “To develop the agricultural sector, comprehensive policy should be devised and implemented. Recommendations of MS Swaminathan Commission should be followed. The minimum price of agricultural produce should be 50 per cent greater than expenses incurred,” demanded the manifesto.
The polling for the general elections in India will be held from April 11 to May 19 in seven phases and the result will be declared on May 23. The model code of conduct is now in place.