ALL INDIA MUSLIM
RESOLUTIONS OF THE MARKAZI MAJLIS-E-AMLA, ON GENERAL ELECTION, 2004:
LAST APPEAL TO SP AND INC FOR ADJUSTMENT IN UTTAR PRADESH
IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR : NO COERCION ON PARTICIPATION IN OR BOYCOTT OF ELECTION - CRUCIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SETTLEMENT SHOULD NOT BE JEOPARDISED
New Delhi, 10 April, 2004: The Markazi Majlis-e-Amla (MMA) of the All India Muslim Majlis-e-Mushawara (AIMMM) has noted that though the secular parties have not formed a nationwide alliance, there is a perceptible improvement in the level of coordination among them through alliance, understanding and adjustment in various States/UTís, except UP.
The MMA has also noted that in some States/UTís the INC, alone or with its partners, is the only viable alternative. In such States, the secular voter has no option but to vote for the INC or INC-supported candidates.
However, in some states particularly, in Kerala and West Bengal, two secular clusters are contesting against each other. But in these States, the contest may not damage the overall secular cause if they take care not to let an undesirable party take advantage.
The MMA regrets that several secular parties have fielded candidates in constituencies, outside their area of influence, with a view merely to qualify for recognition as a national party even at the cost of defeating the major secular formation of the State
The MMA has also received several reports that persons with known communal and criminal record have been fielded by some secular parties. This should have been avoided as this dampens the enthusiasm of the secular electorate to participate massively in the election.
The MMA expresses its dissatisfaction at the low number of Muslim candidates fielded by secular parties even in Muslim concentration (20% +) seats. This is bound to have a negative impact on the Muslim presence in the Lok Sabha.
Notwithstanding these negative factors, the MMA reiterates the appeal of the AIMMM to the electorate to vote constituency-wise, generally for the strongest secular candidate fielded by a secular party in order to ensure the formation of a secular Government at the Centre.
The MMA has also taken note of the manifestos of the INC and the NDA. Both emphasize development and welfare and propose universalization of their benefits. The MMA supports the approach of universalization and if, for lack of resources, this is not possible, it suggests equitable division of benefits, scheme-wise, among all sections of the people at the operational level, in proportion to their population and on the basis of common parameters, as the alternative.
Deeply concerned about the division of secular votes in UP and taking note of the positive attitude of the INC, the MMA makes its last appeal to the Samajwadi Party to make suitable electoral adjustment with the Indian National Congress for withdrawing their candidates from some seats in each otherís favour.
The MMA mandates the President to issue the list of suitable candidates in respect of Muslim-concentration seats in consultation with the Vice President Maulana Mohd. Shafi Moonis and General Secretary Dr. Zafarul Islam Khan using all available reports, from the States and the Constituencies in coordination with the A.I. Milli Council.
RESOLUTION ON ELECTION IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR :
NO COERCION ON PARTICIPATION IN OR BOYCOTT OF ELECTION - CRUCIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR SETTLEMENT SHOULD NOT BE JEOPARDISED
The MMA deplores the continued violence in Jammu and Kashmir and, in particular, the recent attacks on election rallies with a view to disrupt the electoral process.
The MMA has noted that dissatisfied with the progress in the APHCís dialogue with the Central Government, some political personalities in J&K have asked the people to boycott the Lok Sabha polls.
The MMA feels that the crucial moment for promoting a political settlement of the Kashmir problem has arrived and should not be jeopardised.
The MMA calls upon the people of Kashmir not to adopt a negative attitude and decide freely on their participation in the electoral process. The AIMMM appeals to the authorities not to coerce those who do not wish to vote and calls upon the militants as well as those who have called for boycott to let those who wish to participate, vote freely and peacefully.
Sd/- Syed Shahabuddin
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