Wednesday, 1 October 2014

BJP to include 3 demands from Muslim NGOs in manifesto

Mumbai: The Maharashtra Muslim Sangh (MMS), a federation of over 40 NGOs, pledged support to the BJP on Tuesday. MMS members presented seven demands at a meeting with senior BJP leaders like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Vinay Sahasrabuddhe and Madhav Bhandari. The BJP has agreed to include three in its manifesto, while the rest will be looked into if it comes to power in the state.

"The BJP has agreed to publish the action taken report on the Mahmoodur Rahman Committee report and implement its recommendations. It also promised that Ismail Yusuf College, Jogeshwari, will be returned to a Muslim trust and wakf properties encroached by public and private parties will be restored to the board," MMS chief convenor F M Thakur said. He said other issues like a budgetary allocation for Muslims on par with Dalits and end to the "illegal" detention of Muslim youths would be looked into after formation of government.

MMS members include the Konkan Muslim Youth Federation and Vidarbha Welfare Association.

Thakur said MMS has members from regions like Vidarbha and Konkan, and they will spread out to campaign for BJP candidates as "so-called secular parties have only used Muslims as a vote-bank".

Bhandari said, "These are genuine issues and we want them to be addressed. We don't want to give false promises and will adopt an inclusive policy which will benefit all."

Stay updated on the go with The Times of India’s mobile apps. Click here to download it for your device.



Post a Comment