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NDA Partners Should Oppose Actions Dividing Society: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

Syed Sadatullah Husaini, JIH chief, urged the new government to end the misuse of state machinery and constitutional bodies against political or ideological opponents.

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NEW DELHI – The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) partners should promote inclusive policies and oppose any actions that divide society, Syed Sadatullah Husaini, President of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), said here on Saturday.

Addressing the monthly regular press conference at the JIH headquarters here, Husaini said his organisation considers the election results as a resounding mandate against hate and divisive politics. “Jamaat-e-Islami Hind congratulates the people of India for their enthusiastic and active participation in the electoral process,” he said.

Talking about political parties and the ruling dispensation, the JIH chief urged all political parties to learn from the mandate and move away from the politics of hate, communal and caste divides, stereotyping, labelling, and stigmatisation. “It is imperative to abandon extreme capitalist policy formulations and instead focus on building a society where everyone feels valued and respected, irrespective of religious and caste considerations,” he said.

Strongly urging the new government to end the misuse of state machinery and constitutional bodies against political or ideological opponents. “Such practices undermine the principles of democracy and erode public trust in our institutions,” he said.

Advising opposition parties and the NDA partners, the JIH president emphasised that the responsibility of the latter has increased manifold. “People expect them to be vigilant, fair, and responsible. Succumbing to pressure from the ruling dispensation and compromising on core values and principles would be a serious betrayal of the people of India who voted for them to play a crucial role. We urge these partners to actively promote policies that foster unity, respect, and inclusiveness, and to stand firm against any actions that may divide our society,” he said.

Opposition parties, Hussaini said, should also introspect on the reasons for their rejection by the people. “Despite obtaining an unexpectedly positive mandate from the electorate, defying all pre-poll predictions, it is also a time for introspection for the opposition parties. While some opposition leaders were clear, vocal, and enthusiastic in their pursuits, there was a noticeable lack of the required vigour, energy, and assertiveness among many leaders and parties. In many areas, there was a significant disconnect between opposition candidates and voters. In some states, unnecessary fear psychosis and reluctance regarding secular and inclusive policies was evident,” he said.

The election outcome, Hussaini said, indicates that a more organised, united, and vibrant campaign involving all sections of society by the opposition could have yielded different results.

He appreciated the pivotal role played by the poor, farmers, labourers, marginalised communities, and minorities in the elections. He also lauded the work done by civil society movements, independent journalists, social media influencers, community organisations, women’s groups, students, and other non-political sectors who were instrumental in awakening the public conscience. The JIH president reminded them that they must remain vigilant and continue to act as active and dynamic watchdogs, ensuring that the people’s mandate is respected by politicians.

The press conference was also addressed by JIH Vice Presidents, Malik Moatasim Khan and Prof. Salim Engineer.

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