New Delhi: Popular Front chairman KM Shareef has stated that the recent steps by the Maharashtra state government equals to mocking at the poor and marginalized sections in the state in their bid to implement communal agenda. He called the beef ban in Maharashtra a move against millions of poor people in our country who find their living from a range of files from cattle rearing to cattle trade to leather trade. He also said that Maharashtra government is imposing the food habits of upper caste minority on majority poor Indians who are regular beef consumers, just because some fanatic people recently turned against it. For those who illogically argue the decision protects animal rights, they should make clear why they reserve these rights only to cows and buffaloes not for other animals. Therefore this is clearly a politically motivated attack on the concept of food freedom. K M Shareef demanded Maharashtra government to withdraw the decision since it will affect scores of poor people, belonging to all religions jobless.
K M Shareef has also cited the decision of Maharashtra government to scrap the ordinance providing reservation for Muslims as yet another act borne out of communal hatred. It is highly objectionable that the government has acted so despite the Bombay High Court allowing quota for the Muslim community in educational institutions. The official justification for this highly discriminatory decision is that the government was against reservation on religious grounds. It is rather absurd. Muslims are entitled for reservation not because of their religious faith but due to their relative backwardness.
K M Shareef also criticized the inability of opposition parties that claims to defend secularism in reverting repeated anti-poor and highly communal decisions by BJP led central and state government.