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Jamaat-e-Islami's Muslim political party in the offing

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New Delhi: A new national level Muslim oriented political party is in the offing and will emerge on the national stage early next year. Blueprints of this party are almost complete and search for suitable persons to run the party is going on. The whole plan of this party is being made by Jamaat-e-Islami, though Jamaat-e-Islami Hind which is basically a religious and social organisation does not want to describe it as its political wing in spite of the fact that Jamaat (and its network) is preparing its set-up in detail. Clarifying its position, Mujtaba Farooq, Jamaat Islami's political secretary, said that Jamaat's plan was to form a political party of Muslims for the solution of many problems and difficulties being faced by them at local and national levels. Taking into account the political scenario and needs of the community and the country it was decided that such a party be completely free and should work independently on its own. He further clarified that basically it will be a party for promoting the interests of Muslims and solving their problems and difficulties but will also include all oppressed, deprived and backward classes of the country who have not been able to get their share in national wealth and progress. He said that till date no political party of the country has been able to guarantee social justice to the people with the result that gulf between the rich and the poor, instead of reducing, goes on increasing. He said that Jamat-e-Islami will have no control over the party but will give all possible help and cooperation. It is now to be seen how far the organisation succeeds in its objectives because there have been so many Muslim oriented parties but these have been able to achieve practically nothing.  (http://www.jamaateislamihind.org/)

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2010 on page no. 21

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