PM Narendra Modi govt, RSS attacked by Muslim Personal Law Board; slams ‘fascist conspiracy’

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Updated: March 23, 2015 10:18:16 PM

The AIMPLB launched a frontal attack on the Narendra Modi govt and announced a campaign to counter right wing forces, accusing Hindu organisations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)...

Narendra Modi, Narendra Modi RSS, RSS Narendra Modi, Muslim Personal Law Board, AIMPLB meet, Muslims, politics, national newsAll India Muslim Personal Law Board?s (AIMPLB) Assistant General Secretary Abdul Rahim Qureshi addressing a press conference in Jaipur on Sunday, after concluding three-day national conference of the board. PTI

The All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) today launched a frontal attack on the Narendra Modi government and announced a nationwide campaign to counter right wing forces, accusing Hindu organisations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) of hatching a “conspiracy” to convert the country into a “fascist state”.

At the end of its two-day convention here, the board said that its ‘Defend Constitutional Rights Committee’ will run a campaign to build a sense of confidence among minorities.

“We are concerned about the situation in the country which has worsened after Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Not only Muslims, but Christians are also feeling uncomfortable,” the board’s assistant general secretary Abdul Rahim Qureshi said at a press conference here.

In a resolution, the board said that right wing forces have become “active against the minorities after the formation of new government at the Centre.”

“The resolution was passed by the board members in the national convention which seeks support of people against the conspiracy of Hindu organisations like RSS to take the country in direction of fascist state from a secular democracy,” Qureshi said.

“Hindutva forces are encouraged and have become more active after the formation of the NDA government,” he said.

Qureshi alleged that VHP leaders Ashok Singhal, Praveen Togadia and Sadhvi Prachi “spit venom” against minorities but no action is taken.

“Hindu outfits are carrying out programmes like ghar wapsi.

“RSS and VHP leaders spit venom not only against Muslims but Christians also. This is a conspiracy to divide sections of the society and we have sought support of all the Muslims as well as Hindus against the propaganda in the resolution,” he said.

If the right wing forces persisted with their agenda against the minorities, it will result in “anarchy” in the country, he said.

Qureshi claimed that the Prime Minister has not yet said anything on the ‘ghar wapsi’ issue.

Over 250 members of the body had gathered in Jaipur for their annual general body meeting.

The board, however, rejected possibilities of its meeting with the Prime Minister in near future saying there was no need for it at present.

But the board also did not overrule the possibility of any such meeting in future and said it will take a call on the issue when a need arises.

“There was no immediate need to meet the Prime Minister,” Qureshi said.

Prior to this, some of the members even raised objection over the presence of Gujarat businessman and Chancellor of Maulana Azad National Urdu University-Hyderabad, Zafar Sareshwala at the meeting place, so an announcement was made for those who were not the invitee or members of the board to leave the place.

After the announcement, which did not mention anyone’s name, Sareshwala returned from the venue where he had gone to meet his known invitees.

“Why should we meet Modi? When there will be any requirement, we will see what to do but as of now, there is no need to meet him,” Qureshi said at the press conference.

He said that it was agenda of Sareshwala (to meet Modi) but the board is not interested in this. Qureshi also raised objection over the appointment of Sareshwala as the Vice Chancellor of the Urdu University.

On whether Sareshwala was asked to leave the meeting, he said that all those who were not the members of the board and present in the meeting were asked to leave because no other than invitees and members was allowed to attend the programme.

In the meeting, which took place at Jamae Tul Hidaya at Ramgarh Mod, the issues related to personal laws were discussed and the members gave their suggestions.

“Committees and sub-committees of the board gave their reports and were discussed by the members. Along with the set agenda, recent issues which concerns personal laws were also raised and discussed,” he said.

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