ALL INDIA MUSLIM
AIMMM Welcomes UPA’s Assurances to the Minorities
Appreciates Steps for Social Harmony, Peace in Kashmir and Friendly Relations in South Asia
Cautions UPA on Population Control, Personal Law and
Reservation in Private Sector
New Delhi, 28 May, 2004: Shri Syed Shahabuddin, President of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM), has issued the following Statement:
"The All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawarat (AIMMM) welcomes the commitments, assurances and promises made by the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) released on 27 May, 2004, particularly those relating to the Ayodhya Question, Model Legislation to Control Communal Violence, Affiliation of Minority Educational Institutions, Social and Economic Empowerment of Minorities through Promotion of Education and Employment, Recognition and Promotion of Urdu Language under Articles 345 and 347 of the Constitution, Revival of the National Integration Council and Appointment of a National Commission to consider Reservation for Minorities in Education and Employment.
The AIMMM also welcomes various measures enunciated in the CMP which are of universal benefit to all the people of the country. In particular, it hails the commitment to repeal the POTA and to enforce the law against propagation of social discord, religious bigotry and communal hatred.
The AIMMM believes that while the CMP falls short in providing ‘maximum autonomy’ to the state of J&K, the assurances therein will keep the door open for negotiations with all sections of the people and go a long way to restore peace and normalcy in the state.
The AIMMM appreciates the emphasis on promotion of friendly and cooperative relations in South Asia and reiteration of support to the Palestinian cause and our opposition to unilateralism.
The AIMMM, however, takes this opportunity to caution the UPA government that it should not adopt any coercive measures for population control, consider separate sub-quotas for OBC’s and minorities in the proposed reservation for women, keep in view the personal laws of various communities in pursuit of ‘complete legal equality’ of men and women, and include the OBC’s and minorities as well in the purview of the proposed reservation in the private sector."
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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