Jamiat Chief Rubbishes Allegations of Incendiary Remarks on Citizenship Issue in Assam

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Maulana Arshad Madani. — File photo

Maulana Arshad Madani, president of Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind, while reacting on the three FIRs lodged against him in Assam, said those engaged in hate politics want to burn Assam

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NEW DELHI — Jamiat Ulama-I-Hind president Maulana Arshad Madani has trashed the allegations that he has made inflammatory remarks in the context of citizenship issue of Assamese Muslims. He was reacting on the three FIRs lodged against him in Assam over his speech at an event at the Constitution Club of India in New Delhi on Monday.

Talking to some journalists in the national capital on Thursday, Maulana Madani, whose Jamiat has been fighting the case of Assamese Muslims in the Supreme Court, said: “When lakhs of women in a society cant’s send their children to school, can’t buy land or properties and can’t vote, can that society remain peaceful?”

Handful of people want to destroy the atmosphere of peace and love in Assam and want to turn it into a Myanmar, they want to create hatred in place of love. I want to say this from the rooftop that actual anti-national are these people who want to finish the atmosphere of love and peace from the country. I have not made any inflammatory statement,” said the Maulana.

He said this when his reaction was sought over three FIRs lodged against him in Assam for making a statement amounting to “promoting enmity between communities.”

 Three FIRs lodged 

“The police have received three FIRs, two in two different police stations in Guwahati and one in Tezpur against some comments made by the Jamiat chief which allegedly amount to promoting enmity between communities. Moreover, chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal too has asked me to take up the matter with urgency,” Assam DGP Mukesh Sahay reportedly said at a press conference in Guwahati on Wednesday.

The top cop further said that the police were examining the original audio and video recordings of a speech that Madani had made in a seminar in New Delhi on Monday, and ‘appropriate action’ would be taken once the allegations were proved true.

What Maulana Madani said at Delhi program?

Speaking at the “Public Meeting on The Current Political Impasse in Assam”, organized by the Delhi Action Committee for Assam at the Constitution Club in Delhi on Monday, Maulana Madani had expressed deep concern on the issue of citizenship being faced by lakhs of people, both Muslims and Hindus, in Assam. He had demanded the government to complete the process of National Register of Citizenship on the basis of justice and humanity, not religion.

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He had expressed deep concern on the question of citizenship being faced by 27 lakh married women in Assam.

All political parties and the state and central governments had signed the Assam Accord in 1985 and agreed upon March 1971 as cut-off date for citizenship in the state. However, the issue has lingered on even as successive governments came and went one after another. Since the BJP came to power, one of the certificates of citizenship was declared invalid rendering lakhs of married women and their children illegal, said Maulana Madani.

The process of NRC under the supervision of the government and Supreme Court must be completed at the earliest. If the NRC is completed and completed on the basis of justice, there will be no issue at all. Our view is that differentiation on the basis of religion will bring damage to the country, and peace will be destroyed

“To exclude people from the NRC, they are raising the issue of village certificate. These women will become stateless and will have no voting rights. Their children cannot take admission in school. Eventually, they will be second or third class citizens or maybe pushed out the country,” he said.

“We demand the state and central governments to complete the process of NRC as early as possible on the basis of humanity not religion. They are inhabitants of this country and have been living here for 200-400 years. There cannot be any differentiation among citizens of the country on the basis of religion. All the residents should be given the right to live here. The process of NRC under the supervision of the government and Supreme Court must be completed at the earliest. If the NRC is completed and completed on the basis of justice, there will be no issue at all. Our view is that differentiation on the basis of religion will bring damage to the country, the country will earn disrepute, it will be devastated and peace will be destroyed,” he had said.

Maulana Madani had shared the dais at the Delhi program with leading academicians of Assam including: Prof. Hiren Gohain, Prof. Apurba Baruah, Manjeet Mohanta, Haider Hussain and Hafiz Rasheed Ahmad Chaudhary.

All had expressed deep concern on the issue of 27 lakh married women and demanded the government complete the process of NRC without further delay.

While rejecting the charge of inflammatory speech, Maulana Madani on Thursday reiterated his stand: “I say that the process of NRC, which has already completed 90%, should be completed the earliest so that those who are engaged in politics of hate do not have chance to continue with such politics. 99% of Muslims in Assam have bona fide documents of Indian citizenship. Gogoi (former CM Tarun Gogoi) has said so in the Assembly. When the CM is saying this how can I say he is speaking lies? Liars are those handful of people who want to turn the politics of the country into politics of hate and want to burn Assam. They had thought that through the NRC process, Muslims would be finished from here. But when the process started it was found that Muslims have all the necessary documents, so they stopped the NRC process saying that Panchayat certificate will not be accepted. This certificate had been accepted by successive governments over decades but today all of a sudden it has become wrong. Actually there is nothing wrong in the certificate, wrong is the thinking and ideology of these people.”

 

 

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