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WPI launched in West Bengal and Kerala

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WPI launched in West Bengal, 14000 members already enrolled


Kolkata: Welfare Party of India West Bengal convention was held here on 17 October. The convention asked the Mamata Banerjee Government to implement the poll promises that were made to the electorate in general and Muslims in particular. Speakers at the convention reminded Mamata that it was the Muslims who, while gracefully admitting that there were no communal violence during the long left front rule, but were not emancipated at all in socio-economic fields, educational and employment sectors, said an electoral good bye to the Left and let the TMC- Congress combination in. The convention lamented that the new Chief Minister, who keeps the minority portfolio with her, has not taken any initiative to solve the long pending demands of the community and the promises made by the new CM herself.

The convention held at Mahajatisadan Hall in Kolkata, in a resolution strongly criticised the state government for its decision to give more licenses to liquor outlets to raise revenue to fill the alleged cash-starved state left by the Left Front government.

The convention expressed its deep regret over escalating political violence in the post-Mamata regime. It urged all parties to uphold democratic values and demanded the government to deal law breakers with an iron hand.

The convention criticised the partisan standards followed by various political parties in identifying the BPL and Job Card beneficiaries and asked for full transparency so as to avoid complaints of bias and prejudice.

The 150-member State General Council of the Welfare Party representing already enrolled 14000 members elected Dr. Raeesudeen as State President and 25-member State Working Committee. The State Working Committee elected Mihir Banerjee, Abul Rab Bin Ismail as vice-presidents, Abdul Aziz as General Secretary, Mohammed Jamaluddeen, Shahjahan, Mansa Sen, Shoma Dey as Secretaries and Nasir Ahmed as Treasurer.

The convention was addressed by Mujtaba Farooq (President), Lalitha Naik (Vice president) Dr. SQR Ilyas, PC Hamza (General Secretaries) Dr. Raeesudheen, Shanawaz Ali Raihan, Mihir Banerjee and Abdul Rab bin Ismail.
 
Welfare Party Kerala chapter launched

Calicut: Affirming its commitment to rejuvenate values disappearing from the Indian democratic arena due to corruption, criminalization of politics and increasing social disparities, the Welfare Party of India launched its Kerala chapter at an impressive and largely attended gathering held at Tagore Centenary Hall here on 19 October.  It was chaired by party national vice president Dr Zafarul-Islam Khan.

Releasing the names of the newly elected office-bearers of the state chapter, Dr. SQR Ilyas, national general secretary, declared that the Welfare Party of India will take the lead in reinforcing the great ideals of the nation by upholding and highlighting the issues of the people. Criminals and communal elements and those who are tainted with corruption will have no place in the Welfare Party. He made it clear that the Party will not indulge in vote-bank politics exploiting religion and caste etc. “The Party aims at establishing a welfare state which will ensure food, shelter and education to all. The assets of the Party leaders and members can be checked at any time,” Dr. Ilyas announced.

Delivering his address, Dr. Zafarul-Islam Khan, said that the Welfare Party of India aims at the formation of a new exploitation-free India that guarantees equal opportunities and liberty to all. “Though the government comes out with some different figures, about 90% of the Indian population is poor. The objective of the party of building a welfare state can be achieved within two or three decades, not in two or three years. The Party has not been formed in view of any imminent election,” said Dr. Khan emphasizing that the party will work for an India dreamt by the freedom fighters who gave their lives to free the country but later leaders trampled upon their dreams and built a corrupt polity where policies are formulated for the benefit of the rich. He hoped that the Kerala chapter in view of the state’s history, will be most healthy and vibrant.

“The Welfare Party of India is committed to provide a new political culture to Kerala. The Welfare Party is not against any other party or front, rather it wants to correct them and march ahead co-operating with them to evolve a better India for all. But there will be no compromise in values and principles of the Party,” said Dr. Kootil Mohammedali, the newly elected state president.

Fr. Abraham Joseph, national vice president handed over the Party flag to the newly elected state president. Lalitha Naik, former Karnataka minister for social welfare and Kannada language and national vice president of the Party, earlier hoisted the party flag.

Speakers lashed at the central government for its wrong economic policies. They expressed strong support to the “Occupy Wall Street” agitation against the US fiscal policy and the corporate greed.

National general secretary PC Hamza, Treasurer Dr. Abdussalam, national secretary Subramani, national women’s convenor Sheema Mohsin, president of Tamil Nadu chapter S N Sikandar and others also spoke at the function. The delegates at the convention donated Rs 3 99,600 responding to a call made by Dr. Kootil Mohammedali.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2011 on page no. 17

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