WPI will try to speak with all secular parties to keep communal forces at bay: AP President

With elections just over a month away, political parties in India have pulled up their socks. As a new player in the so called ‘dirty game’ in India, Welfare Party of India (WPI) has jumped into the field with its value-based politics and inclusive development mantra to woo voter. WPI Andhra Pradesh president Malik Motasim Khan shows his confidence to beat communal forces in upcoming elections, during an interaction with SM Fasiullah in Hyderabad.

Malik Motasim Khan

Malik Motasim Khan

WPI of AP performed fairly well in its election debut during Panchayat elections in the state. What response you got when interacting with voters in rural areas?

Indeed we did well in Panchayat Elections in Andhra Pradesh without following immoral and illegal means to woo voters. People liked our fair and honest approach, and believed in our localized action plans. Their positive responses to our call for value-based politics really boosted our morale. Now we want to contest upcoming elections.

Being just over two years old in the state, don’t you think it’s too early for your party to contest for upcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha elections?

Fighting elections is more about the determination of a person or the party. If you have the spirit to serve people and guts to challenge evil in the society then nothing else would matter. We are promising value-based politics, and will field candidates with no criminal records.

How do you see strong competitors in the field such as TRS, Congress, TDP, MIM and YSRCP?

The party has decided to fight communal forces. We will definitely try to speak with all secular like-minded political parties, if need be, to keep communal forces at bay. The party will convince voters to choose non-criminals to run government at both local and national level.

How will you approach voters who already seem to have been moved by either Modi-wave or AAP magic?

In a country like India there will be followers for every celebrity. Modi too has his followers. That does not mean he will sit on Prime Minister’s chair. Indian history is witness to the fact that majority of people in India have chosen secular candidates as Prime Minister in the past for many times. He’s riding high only in Media. The ground reality is different.

As far as AAP is concerned, it came to power in Delhi with its pro-people promises. It fulfilled a few, and walked away from power in just 49 days leaving many other promises and needs of Delhiites unfulfilled. That’s not what people were expecting from Kejriwal and his party. Moreover, the party has not taken clear stand on many issues of national importance.

There are many similarities in WPI & AAP’s manifestos. Is there any possibility of political alliance with AAP?

It’s quite possible to have similarities in policies or action plans of political parties. Political alliance as such may not be possible with AAP at this juncture. But what I think is if a party takes up an issue or a task beneficial for people then there should not be a problem for another like-minded party to support it. We are ready to give and take support in all people welfare works.

You have been a strong supporter of Telengana Movement and led ‘Telangana Garjana’. What would be your reaction if TRS supports BJP post elections?

I reiterate that Telangana Movement for a separate state and TRS are different. TRS has been in forefront as a political party during this movement, in which I too gave my support as a community leader. TRS has not announced its post elections plans yet; therefore it’s better to leave it.

Rumours are making rounds on social network sites that you will contest for Lok Sabha. Is it true? What would be your preferred constituency?

Yes I will contest for Lok Sabha elections. No official statement in this regard has been issued so far, but let me share that Nizamabad is my preferred Lok Sabha constituency as it’s suitable for me. I belong to Nizamabad and want to serve people of my region.

What are the issues that you will take up, particularly during canvassing?

I will do whatever I can to develop Nizamabad. In the past, politicians promised a lot but did trivial things in the name of development. I have decided to take up following things as a priority: Revival of sugar industry; Rail connectivity between Nizamabad and Karimnagar; Infrastructure development; Implementation of all welfare schemes by government; and Development of slum areas. Being myself a member of minorities, I know problems of minority groups including SC/STs and BCs. I have plan for their overall development as well.

TCN [March 13, 2014] – http://twocircles.net/2014mar13/wpi_will_try_speak_all_secular_parties_keep_communal_forces_bay_ap_president.html#.U1lSQaK0Tv4

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Modi Quotes from “Unconstitutional” Sachar Report

By SM Fasiullah & Afroz Alam Sahil

India’s ambitious politician Narendra Modi has highlighted the findings of the Sachar Committee Report and compared the figures of the socio-economic conditions of Muslims in Bihar and Gujarat in Hunkar Rally in Purnia, Bihar to woo Muslim vote bank in the state.

No wonder if he’s quoting from Congress (PM) constituted committee’s report. The actual point is: perhaps the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) prime ministerial candidate forgot that his Gujarat government had filed an affidavit in Supreme Court terming the Sachar Committee report “unconstitutional”.

From the report, he quoted that 45% of Muslims in Bihar’s urban areas were poor when compared to Gujarat’s 24%. In rural areas, he highlighted that the figures for Bihar stood at 38%, against 7% in Gujarat. The actual figure for Bihar was 33% instead of 38% as per the report. Perchance Mr. Modi knows this: New York Times quoted a government report to show that Gujarat Muslims were poorer than Muslims in India as a whole in 2009 and 2010.

While comparing Bihar Muslims with Muslims in Gujarat, Mr. Modi blanked out that as per 2001 census Bihar had 15.9% Muslims but Gujarat had just 9.1%. And world knows what happened to Gujarat Muslims in 2002.

The very Sachar report from which Mr. Modi quoted gives a complete picture of Muslims that the BJP PM candidate simply disregarded or did not prefer to present before public. Below are those statistics which public should know.

Muslims in Gujarat:

Poverty: The Sachar report shows that Muslims in Gujarat are just over SC/STs in terms of poverty, while they are far behind OBCs and Hindus. The New York Times editorial also pointed out that there’s no “big improvement” and poverty has “substantially declined” in 2011-2012 per newer available data.

Employment: As per Sachar report only 5.4% Muslims are employed in government services, while Bihar has robust 11.2%.

Waqf Properties: Gujarat has 22,485 waqf properties, whose benefits are likely enjoyed by the state government, which was reluctant to provide detail information when sought through RTI. As per available information, Gujarat now has only 11,592 waqf properties. Where are the remaining nearly 11,000 properties gone? Modi alone can answer this as he’s been ruling the state even before Sachar report was released. Whereas in Bihar, there were 2,548 waqf properties as per government records, slightly higher than 2,459 per Sachar report. And these properties are generating substantial revenue.

Prisoners: Modi’s Gujarat tops in keeping young Muslims behind bars as per Sachar report. Rajender Sachar himself told UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that most of the Muslim youngsters behind bars in Gujarat are from Uttar Pradesh. BeyondHeadlines possesses a 2012 report from National Crime Record Bureau that shows 932 Muslims were convicted in 2012, which was 24% of total prisoners’ population. In the same year, 151 Muslims were detained, which is 30% of jail population.

Government Schools: Modi talked about literacy in his speech. The condition of schools in his ‘vibrant Gujarat’ is not better than Kerala or any other Industrialist state. What’s being taught in school is a matter of intellectual cum political debate.

Development Programs: Gujarat failed in implementing Prime Minister’s 15-point program. Minority students could not benefit from scholarship scheme. What could be worse than this?

Now nine years have passed since Sachar Report came out and the data analyzed was not latest than 2005. There could have been various developments between 2005 and 2014, particularly for Muslim minorities. What happened to Muslims’ socio-economic status and population growth rate during these nine years in Gujarat? There’re many such questions that Modi as chief minister of Gujarat must answer to public. But the treatment meted out to Kejriwal who went to check Gujarat development and face Modi indicates getting answer from Modi is not layman’s cup of tea.

At least, Narendra Modi should answer to his brother Prahlad Modi, who came out to express his discontent against irregularities of the state government in delivering basic food items to people. He said that large scale fraud in Gujarat is being carried out in the government’s fair price shops at the cost of the poor.

BH [March 12, 2014] – http://beyondheadlines.in/2014/03/modi-quotes-from-unconstitutional-sachar-report/