In a resolution adopted by its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, Popular Front of India observed that four years of BJP government headed by Narendra Modi was a failure in economic and developmental fronts and having none of the promises made to people, redeemed, left the country’s economy in ruins. It is no secret that economic measures like demonetization and GST destroyed the livelihood of millions of poor Indians. The price of fuel and all essential commodities are going up day by day, further hardening the life of ordinary citizens. The rate of unemployment and incidents of corruption have increased. There is a serious allegation that a bank controlled by BJP president Amith Shah exchanged currency worth ₹745.58 crore within five days of declaration of demonetization. Unable to answer the questions regarding administrative and economic failures of the government, BJP is now trying to divert people’s attention by creating communal polarization which is the only option for them to face 2019 Lok Sabha election. For India to thrive and prosper as a secular democratic nation with equality and social justice, it is essential that these forces are kept out of power. Only when the secular forces in the country set aside their differences for the greater good of the country and come up with a united strategy in the upcoming elections, the country can be saved from this anti-people and communal government.
Stop cow terrorist attacks on minorities
Another resolution passed by the meeting of Nation Executive Council (NEC) of Popular Front of India stated that central and state governments have failed in providing basic right to security of life to Muslim community against the communally frenzied mobs inspired by the propaganda of cow terrorism. Even after the culprits were punished by the court in a lynching incident in Jharkhand state, repeated occurrences of mob lynching at various parts of the country show that hooliganism in the name of cow protection is still on the rise. A situation has been created that at anytime a mob might take a Muslim’s life in broad daylight and can freely get away with it. The latest images coming from Uttar Pradesh show that state police would only help the mob instead of saving the life of victims. Within a fortnight three different incidents took place in Assam, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh. The meeting urged the Prime Minister to stop hollow rhetoric and act upon his party chief ministers in states like UP, Jharkhand and Assam.
Condemns use of repressive laws to suppress political dissent
In another resolution the NEC meeting of Popular Front of India expressed deep concern over the liberal use of repressive laws like UAPA and NSA against civil rights activists, intellectuals and political opponents. In the past human Rights activists across the country has warned on numerous times that existence of such repressive laws gives way for the denial of fundamental rights and that there is a high possibility for them to be misused by those in power to suppress voices of dissent. Yet that is exactly what is happening in the country now. The arrests of five activists from Maharashtra, linking them with Bhima Koregaon violence is the latest example of this menacing trend. After the arrests, police came up with contradictory stories and imposed provisions of UAPA upon them. All of them are known for their involvement in democratic struggle and their strong stand against state violence against deprived sections of the society. It is to be noted that those who created violence on the day of Bhima Koregaon commemoration and those who were caught in the video while firing at the Dalit protesters on the day of Bharath Bandh have not yet been arrested. Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad has been incarcerated for long without any acceptable reason and he is charged with NSA. Arbitrary arrests and indiscriminate imposition of Sedition charges are also frequent in the case of Tutukudi protesters in Tamil Nadu. The meeting opined that this worst situation of severe right’s violations and misuse of state power call for vibrant civil rights movement across the country.
Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting which was attended by Vice Chairman OMA Salam, General Secretary M Muhammed Ali Jinnah and members K M Shareef, A S Ismail, Ashraf Baqavi, M Abdussamad, A Sayeed, M Mohd Ismail, Mohd Saqib, P N Roshan, Ya Moideen, Adv. Muhammed Yusuf, and EM Abdul Rahiman.