Tharoor’s Bid to Revive Congress Gets Support from Muslim Groups

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The Congress leader hailed the renaissance efforts of the Mujahid movement and suggested that effective steps should be taken to counter the efforts to divide people communally.

Team Clarion

NEW DELHI — Several Muslim groups, which form the traditional vote bank of United Democratic Front (UDF) in Kerala, have extended their whole-hearted support to the efforts of Congress leader Shashi Tharoor in the revival of Congress, the grand old party.

Tharoor, Congress MP from Thiruvananthapuram, has laid bare his intentions in state politics and in this regard met leaders of various Muslim groups during his second phase of the Malabar tour on Friday. After meeting Tharoor, Samastha Kerala Jem-Iyyathul Ulema president Syed Muhammad Jiffiri Muthukoya Thangal did not hide his admiration for the Congress leader, media reports said.

“Tharoor is a world citizen who has wide and rich experience. This experience can be utilised effectively,” Thangal said. He said Tharoor is doing his best to strengthen the party and trying to bring Congress to the mainstream.

Tharoor also addressed leaders of Kerala Nadvathul Mujahideen (KNM) at the Mujahid Centre and told them that the renaissance movement in Kerala is an example for all communities. He hailed the renaissance efforts of the Mujahid movement and suggested that effective steps should be taken to counter the efforts to divide people communally.

Tharoor said his attempt is to reclaim amity between different communities.

KNM state president T.P. Abdulla Koya Madani, vice-presidents Hussein Madavoor and N.V. Abdurahman, treasurer Noor Muhammad Noorsha, secretaries Palath Abdurahman Madani and A I Abdul Majeed Swalahi took part in the discussions.

Speaking to leaders of Wisdom Islamic Organisation (WIO), Tharoor said Congress will take steps to ensure secular votes are not split. “The BJP managed to secure power in states by threatening and luring smaller parties,” media reports quoted him as saying. 

BJP, he said, has not yet presented any documents officially on the Uniform Civil Code and the propaganda is only an election stunt. WIO state chief P.N. Abdul Latheef Madani, treasurer Nasar Balussery, secretary K. Sajjad and others were present during the meeting.

KNM Markazudawa leaders also met Tharoor in Malappuram and shared concern over the imposition of the Uniform Civil Code. They said all secular parties should express solidarity with minorities and other backward sections in society.

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