By Mumtaz Alam Falahi, TwoCircles.net,
New Delhi: So far Muslims have done negative politics – supporting one party and defeating another – for the last 60 years. Time has come for the community to do positive politics, said E M Abdul Rahiman, Chairman, Popular Front of India (PFI), at a public meeting today in New Delhi.
“Rather than supporting this party or that party, Muslims, Dalits and tribals and all other backward classes should come together and launch their own political front to contest elections because all parties have only exploited them so far,” Rahiman said at the conference held near Jama Masjid.
This meeting being held in the shadow of Jama Masjid on one hand and Red Fort on the other, both testimony of Muslim history in India, will be a turning point for PFI which has come up to bring a revolution, the chairman said.
The meeting was part of the conferences that PFI is holding in state capitals to spread its message and campaign for the grand conference it is going to hold in Calicut, Kerala, from February 13-15.
PFI was launched two years back to make a new India of equal rights. Now it is amalgam of social organizations in three southern states Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, Rahiman added. Formed by Muslims PFI has got cooperation from all sections of poor and deprived people to bring social justice and equity to society.
Muslims and all backward classes including Dalits and tribes should come together to get their due in society, politics and legislatures
Echoing Rahiman Maulana Usman Baig, president, Imam’s Council, Karnataka, said there is no difference between Congress, BJP and communist parties. All have exploited Muslims and the poor and Muslims have never got justice and security under government of any party. He stressed on a national level common political front of Muslims, Dalits, tribes and all other backward classes.
Those present at the conference included Dr Zafarul Islam Khan, president, All India Muslim Majlise Mushawarat, Tej Singh, National President, Ambedkar Samaj Party and PFI leaders including E. Abubacker, former PFI chairman, and Dr V M Abdul Salam.