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Welfare Party of India launched

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New Delhi: A group of over a hundred concerned citizens from across the country came together and formed a new political party named the “Welfare Party of India” at a political convention held at the Mavalankar Hall here on 18 April. The convention was held under the slogan “Towards value-based politics.”

A day earlier members of the new party from across the country had gathered at the Constitution Club and decided to form the party and elect Mujtaba Farooq as the all India President of the Party. Convenor of the meeting, Dr. SQR Ilyas said, “people need a new political option as corruption in this field is rampant and therefore we decided to form a party which will be devoid of corrupt leaders.” He asserted that the party will not represent Muslims only but also other minorities and weaker sections of the society. “We will also raise issues of national interest and inclusive development,” he said.

The leaders who addressed the convention, included Mujtaba Farooq, Dr. SQR Ilyas, former MP Ilyas Azmi, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, Maulana Abdul Wahab Khilji, Lalita Naik and others.

The following statement was released in the party’s launching programme:

The Welfare party will be backed by reputed social and civil society movements and will strive for thriving an alternative politics and shall attempt to emerge on the horizon of Indian politics as the voice of voiceless, the hope for justice and as a harbinger of a new India.

The hundred founders of the party belong to varied backgrounds, communities, classes and social groups and they will soon launch mass-contact campaigns to enroll people of outstanding moral repute and flawless character. Only those individuals will be allowed an entry into the party who can prove by word and deed, their commitment to the values and vision of the party.

This will not be just another party engaged in power politics. This will be rather a movement for reforming the Indian Politics and will try to realise a welfare state based on moral values and governed by the principles of Justice, Freedom, Equality and Fraternity.

It is not for short term political gains; it has rather embarked on a long term mission to evolve an alternative political culture in the country.

To achieve this objective, the Party will launch massive public campaigns and will awaken the socio-political public consciousness. It will try to inculcate in common man the self esteem, the self confidence and the ambition and courage to fight the oppression and exploitation. It will try to promote able and virtuous leadership among masses and shall try to advance alternative politics in the country through this social struggle.

The Criminalisation of Politics, the Communalisation of Politics, the Commercialisation of Politics and the Sectarianisation of Politics are the biggest evils of our prevailing political culture. These evils have created such a rot in Indian body-politic that the people are disgusted with the whole class of politicians. This is a very dangerous situation and if unchecked, poses a serious threat to democracy.

It is the high time a new freedom fight is launched and a mighty social and public resistance is raised against these evils. This only will cleanse the Indian polity and revive the faith and trust of people in the democratic institutions.

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For more information, contact: party.welfare@gmail.com
For earlier report and text of Welfare Party vision, see MG (16-31 March, 2011)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 May 2011 on page no. 3

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