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Resounding Mandate Against Hate and Divisive Politics: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind

The main change-makers in these elections were peasants, farmers, backward classes, and religious minorities, says JIH chief Syed Sadatullah Husaini

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NEW DELHI – Congratulating the people for their active participation in the electoral process and sending a powerful message to politicians through their votes, Syed Sadatullah Husaini, president of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) characterised the election results as a “resounding mandate against hate and divisive politics.”

“We congratulate and appreciate the voters of our country who voted with great wisdom despite the deliberate disinformation campaign by certain politicians. The election campaign raised significant concerns due to clear instances of fake propaganda, hate politics, the use of communal slang, and various unfair tactics aimed at capturing votes and influencing voters. Many of the highly publicised election speeches were completely polarising and divisive, disregarding morals and probity. Against all these odds, the people of the country exercised their franchise wisely and conveyed their message loud and clear,” the JIH chief said in a press statement issued on Wednesday.

He said the decisive vote for change in states like Uttar Pradesh was a clear message that the people of India are not interested in politically motivated fake communal controversies or religious and caste-based divides, he said. “They seek inclusive development and social justice. The new era of coalition politics also shows that the people of India still prefer the constitutional values of federalism, decentralisation, separation of power, and the politics of consensus and inclusiveness.” he said.

The main change-makers in these elections, the statement said, were peasants, farmers, backward classes, and religious minorities, proving they cannot be overlooked by any political party. “Every political formation must include all sections of society and avoid becoming a sectarian and divisive force representing only a section of the population,” it said.

“We expect the new government to address real issues such as the economic slowdown, inflation, and unemployment, and adopt an inclusive approach towards all sections of society and communities, regardless of religious and caste considerations. The government’s approach should be inclusive and pro-people,” the JIH chief said.

Talking about the damage caused to the credibility of the country’s autonomous democratic institutions, the statement said there was an urgent need to restore faith in these institutions.

“Their image has been severely dented by accusations of being influenced by the executive and becoming pawns in the hands of political masters. Law-making should not be unilateral and one-sided. There should be wide consultation, and the opinions of all stakeholders be considered. The federal nature of our polity has also taken a beating and should be restored,” he said.

Husaini emphasised that the Constitution of India envisions a welfare state committed to the well-being of all citizens. It places paramount importance on complete social justice and fostering strong fraternity among the populace as its fundamental goals and primary drivers of state policy. “We demand that the new government respects this constitutional vision, which has been reinforced by the recent mandate of the people of India, and works towards the development and well-being of every citizen, particularly those who have remained marginalised,” the statement concluded.

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