One-time Election to Parliament and State Assemblies will lead to more centralisation of powers

Mon, 07/16/2018 - 16:54 -- dl_editor

National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of Popular Front of India has expressed its disagreement about the proposal to have simultaneous elections to Lok Sabha and State Legislative Assemblies. A resolution adopted by the meeting stated that the new system which is against the spirit of federalism would ultimately lead the nation to Presidential System with more centralisation of powers. The arguments such as it will save public money, make electoral system more stable etc. are only meant to conceal this imminent danger from public attention. In a vast country like India with multi-tier elections system from local bodies to parliament it is also not practical. Hence Popular Front requested the Law Commission and Election Commission to give up the proposal and political parties to build pressure for the same.

‘Prime Minister asked to stop indulging in communal canvassing’
In another resolution adopted by the National Executive Council, Popular Front has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to stop indulging in communal canvassing just for electoral gains. By virtue of the dignity of the constitutional position he holds, PM should refrain from frequently making baseless allegation referring to minority Muslim community of India. Being unable to address the people with government’s developmental achievements, he has accused Congress a Muslim party, that also a party for Muslim men. The socio-economic backwardness of Muslims repeatedly being established through so many studies, are enough to convince what Congress government has done for Muslims and what BJP government is doing for Muslims. The meeting pointed out that oft quoted gender issues like child marriages, divorced or abandoned wives, polygamy, domestic violence etc. are not the monopoly of Muslims; rather they are prevalent also among Hindus.

‘Mob lynching spree turns India into a wild nation’
The meeting condemned the new mob lynching incident in Bidar district of Karnataka in which a software engineer Mohammed Azam was killed and three others were injured after alleging them as child kidnappers. During one year about 30 innocent human lives were lost in the country at the hands of frenzied mobs accusing the victims as cow traders or child kidnappers. In more than 20 incidents fake WhatsApps rumors played key role in organizing violent mobs. Both the existing laws and the agencies responsible for implementing the laws have failed to check mob this lynching spree. Many cow terrorist lynching incidents happened with explicit political patronage. The meeting demanded to enact a new law to deal with mob lynching.

‘Campaign against baseless and unethical media trial’
The NEC meeting of Popular Front decided to reach out to people through various propaganda means to expose the allegations repeatedly levelled against the organisation by a section of the media.
Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting. Vice Chairman OMA Salam, General Secretary M Mohammed Ali Jinnah, Secretaries Abdul Wahid Sait and Anis Ahmed presented reports of activities.

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