Delhi Defeats Politics of Hate, Polarization in Big Way; Kejriwal Govt. Should Now Pass Resolution Against CAA: Jamaat
Seven states, including Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan and West Bengal have passed resolution against CAA.
NEW DELHI, FEBRUARY 12— Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has welcomed the results of the Delhi Assembly elections as “defeat of politics of hate and polarisation.” Jamaat’s national president Syed Sadatullah Hussaini said the voters of Delhi have proved that “India can change”.
“Jamaat-e-Islami Hind welcomes the results of the Delhi elections. Politics of hate and polarization has been defeated in a big way. The whole of India is thankful to Delhi voters for teaching a big lesson to the politicians who peddled hate and bigotry. The voters of Delhi have proved that ‘India can change’”, said Jamaat chief.
The elections for the 70-member Assembly were held on February 8 and votes were counted on February 11. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party won 62 seats leaving its main rival BJP in a single digit of 8. The saffron party suffered drubbing even after investing all its might and ugly tactics to win the Delhi poll.
“This has been possibly the worst election in the history of independent India in terms of the practice of hate speeches, inflammatory slogans and open practice of communalism and polarization. The Election Commission was unable to rein in the blatant violation of the moral code of conduct,” said Jamaat president Sadatullah Hussaini.
Kejriwal Govt. Should Pass Resolution Against CAA: Jamaat
Lauding the decision of Delhi voters to reject politics of hate, Jamaat leader said, “All possible methods to polarize the electorate around communal lines were deployed but credit must go to the voters of Delhi who understood this nefarious design and ignored their calls to vote for hate and division in the garb of nationalism and unity.”
Jamaat president expressed hope that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal would pass resolution against discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).
“We hope the Delhi CM will ensure the passing of resolution against the CAA and stop the process of NPR (National Population Register),” said Jamaat president.
“The election results also indicate that the people of India reject the CAA and NRC and must be withdrawn by the government immediately and unconditionally.”
Criticising BJP for targeting the anti-CAA protest of Shaheen Bagh in election campaigns, Jamaat leader said: “The ruling party must accept that their strategy of communal polarization is morally wrong and harmful to the nation. Demonizing the peaceful and democratic protest at Shaheen Bagh and making it a core election issue has backfired and the people have responded positively in favor of democracy and development.”
CAA, passed by Parliament on December 11, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians, Jains and Parsis who came from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan to India till December 31, 2014. The law has excluded Muslims.
Since the law was passed, there have been massive nationwide protests against CAA, NPR and government’s future plan for National Register of Citizens (NRC). Seven states Assemblies have passed resolution against CAA. They are: Kerala, Punjab, Rajasthan, West Bengal, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Puducherry.
Jamaat leader expressed hope that people in other parts of the country will follow Delhi voters and defeat politics of division.
“We hope that the people of India will learn a lesson from the Delhi elections and defeat those who play the politics of division, promote hatred against the minorities, and raise slogans for violence.”