Jamiat leaders to meet Modi, UP CM over ‘worsening communal, political atmosphere’

New Delhi, (IANS): Prominent Muslim body, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Friday expressed grave concern over what it described as the “worsening communal and political atmosphere” in the country and said it would approach Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on the issue.

The decision to meet Modi, Yogi and also other Chief Ministers was taken at Jamiat’s Executive Council meeting, chaired by its President Maulana Qari Mohammad Usman Mansoorpuri.

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“The executive council has decided to talk head to head with the Prime Minister about the issues that have worsened the situation for large swathes of the minority to the extent that they may feel treated as second class citizens,” said Maualana Mahmood Madani, the National General Secretary of Jamiat.

The executive council also adopted several resolutions on the “pressing issues”, including on the “anti-slaughter house campaign”.

“In the larger interest of the country and in the framework of the Constitution, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind wants to draw the attention of the government by meeting particularly the Prime Minister and Chief Ministers, on the prevailing situation in the country. We also want to make it clear that all the issues can be resolved through dialogue and mutual talks,” the resolution said.

“In the given political situation of the country, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind’s Executive Council feels that the government’s slogan of ‘Sab Ka Saath, Sab ka Vikas’ cannot be materialized if it cannot ensure equal treatment and justice to all the citizens of the country,” the resolution added.

The resolution said the Union government has taken a host of measures and policy decisions that can be termed as a good move for the welfare of the people but there are many issues like the Ayodhya dispute and ‘triple talaq’ that “need to be resolved judiciously and with great caution”.

The Jamiat said if these issues are not solved in time, then a large section of people will become restive and will feel themselves as second class citizen of the country, which could lead to “negative effects on our fight against terrorism and extremism”.

On the ongoing crackdown on illegal slaughter houses in Uttar Pradesh and other BJP-ruled states, the Jamiat said: “It is the duty of the state governments to build slaughter houses but they failed to do so. It urges the government to take stern action against those who are taking law into their own hands to harass meat-sellers and butchers.”