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JUH chief to meet CEC about Assam Muslim voters

New Delhi: Jamiatul Ulama-e Hind’s president Maulana Arshad Madni said that when he met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh recently about the possibility of about 42 lakh Muslim voters of Assam being deprived of their voting rights, the latter had assured him that no body will be prevented from voting. Maulana Madni further said that Assam’s chief minister Tarun Gogoi also had made it clear that he will not deprive any one from casting his/her vote but, he said, the problem of voting rights is concerned with the Election Commission but so far there is no notification from Chief Election Commission’s office to make it clear whether the 42 lakh Muslim voters of Assam will or will not be allowed to cast their votes.

Another problem is that in certain cases police has been authorised to prevent any body from casting his/her vote on suspicious grounds. This problem also needs to be solved clearly and though all details and proofs of Indian citizenship of Muslims whose voting rights are being doubted have been submitted to Election Commission’s office but inspite of all this, the EC has not issued any clear orders allowing such people to vote. Maulana Madni said that he plans to meet the Chief Election Commissioner Y.S. Qureshi once again to make the position clear to him.

Meanwhile, Assam’s minister Raqibul Hasan said in reply to a question that about two months ago a certain organisation, which may be an RSS outfit, had filed a petition in Supreme Court stating that the concerned 42 lakhs persons of Assam are not Indian citizens and hence their names should be removed from voters lists. At this, the central government in an affidavit filed in the Supreme Court had stated that this allegation is baseless. The government clarified in its affidavit that the uncertainty or confusion was about two lakh voters only in which both Hindu and Muslim voters were included, and not 42 lakh voters.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 April 2011 on page no. 19

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