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Jamiat Ulama’s Assam unit dissolved

New Delhi: Jamiat Ulama-e Hind (JUH) (Arshad Madni group) in its executive committee’s meeting held in Delhi on 8 February under the presidentship of Maulana Arshad Madni dissolved its Assam unit headed by Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, MP who is also President of Assam United Democratic Front and in its place an ad hoc committee headed by Maulana Abdul Jaleel Raghibi as its convener has been constituted. Reacting to this, Maulana Badruddin Ajmal said at his temporary residence at New Delhi that though the reason given for its dissolution is that this unit under him is indulging in political activities which is against JUH’s basic objective which is a religious and non-political organisation, the real reason is the feeling of revenge. Elucidating this, he said that at the time of election of new Mohtamim (Rector) of Darul Uloom Deoband, he had voted in favour of Maulana Ghulam Muhamad Vastanvi and not for Maulana Arshad Madni. At that time “I was warned that I will have to face the consequences for this,” he said. Hence, the dissolution of JUH’s Assam unit, of which he was the president, is a vindictive act.

He also blamed Assam’s chief minister Tarun Gogoi for this, saying that fearing Bihar – like humiliating defeat for Congress in Assam also whose assembly election is to take place next year, he wanted to create a rift between Jamiatul Ulama and Assam United Democratic Front. Accusing Gogoi of being anti-Muslim who wants to deprive more than 85 lakh Muslims of Assam of their voting rights on the pretext of their being Bangladeshis and for whose rights he (Maulana Ajmal) is fighting, he said that both Gogoi and Maulana Arshad Madni entered into an understanding to weaken ‘me’ and for this, JUH’s Assam unit was dissolved, thinking that without JUH’s support I cannot win elections. He rejected Maulana Arshad Madni’s accusation that he (Ajmal) has turned JUH into a political party, saying that on two occasions in the past when Maulana Arshad Madni made him President of Assam Unit of JUH, he was already President of Assam United Democratic Front (AUDF), a political party. Moreover, he said, JUH’s leaders like Maulana As’ad Madni were Congress MPs, adding that Maulana As’ad Madni was a member of AICC’s executive committee and also AICC’s vice president. Even Maulana Arshad Madni had said in his speeches that he has been a Congressman since birth and will remain so. Hence the accusation that I have made JUH a political party is quite hollow. He said that 90% Muslims of Assam are his supporters. He also said in the press conference that he will join Maulana Qari Usman Mansoorpuri and Maulana Mahmood Madni group of Jamiatul Ulama.

Commenting on the dissolution of JUH’s Assam unit and removal of Maulana Badruddin Ajmal, Qari Aqibur Rahman, a senior member of JUH described it as an extremely disappointing and unwise step which will greatly harm Muslims, particularly of Assam. He said that whereas with this decision Muslims in general have been greatly hurt, Maulana Ajmal has been put to great difficulties because he has won the cases of about 42 lakh Muslims in different courts and whose cases are at a decisive stage in the Supreme Court. He said Maulana Arshad Madni’s statement that Jamiatul Ulama and politics cannot go together is extremely childish. He said that JUH has always guided Muslims, in addition to religious matters, politically and took active part, alongwith its members in elections and supported political parties which it considered good for Muslims. He advised Maulana Badruddin Ajmal not to get disheartened but continue his fight for Muslims of Assam with redoubled enthusiasm and efforts because he enjoys the support of Muslims in other parts of India too.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 20

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