Narendra Modi has lost moral ground to govern Gujarat after Naroda Patiya verdict: Religious party
OT, September 1, 2012 12:32 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Dawat Nagar, AFE
The Narodia Patiya verdict in which former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani got 28 years in jail and Babu Bajrangi gets life has been hailed by many organizations, including Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JEIH) president Mulana Syed Jalaluddin Umari. While addressing reporters at its headquarters in Dawat Nagar, Abul Fazal Enclave on September 1, he urged for exposing ‘big kingpins’ behind the Gujarat pogrom.
Welcoming the special court’s judgment on killings of 95 people in Naroda Patiya in 2002, Maulana Umari said: “The verdict has increased Muslims trust in the judicial system. But we feel that the criminals should have been given more stringent and deterrent punishments. Even now it is necessary that investigation should be undertaken to unearth the big kingpins behind the bloodshed so that nobody can dare repeat such crimes in future. Now Narendra Modi government has lost its moral ground to govern. The verdict may help stop communal riots.”
Violence in Assam
He lambasted the Assam government for its failure to stop violence in the state. “It is unfortunate that Assam government has failed to stop violence which has been continuing for the last more than one month. The number of people being killed is increasing daily. This dangerous situation, on the one hand, is increasing the sense of insecurity among the linguistic minorities especially Muslims of Assam and other parts of country, and on the other hand, communal elements and those parties which believe in spreading hate to achieve political benefits, are spreading hatred and fear in the whole country.
“These political parties are openly making the false claims that Assamese Muslims are Bangladeshis or foreigners and through this they are stoking the fire of hatred in the whole country. In this respect anti-social and communal elements misused the social media sites and succeeded in creating fear psychosis and sense of insecurity in Bangalore and other cities which affected lakhs of people and crores of people became the victims of hate and misunderstandings.”
The Maulana demanded the government to rehabilitate about five lakh uprooted persons.
Also, the JEIH chief demanded that the sum of Rs. 300 crore sanctioned by the centre should be properly and judiciously spent and the confidence of Muslim minority should be restored. “Besides, those who played the nefarious game of bloodshed, arson, and uprooting of innocent people, should be brought to justice and exemplary punishment should be given to them,” he further demanded.
The 1983 Nelli massacre was also mentioned.
How to end corruption
The chief also expressed his deep concern on corruption and said: “Our laws and judicial system have failed to solve the problem of widespread corruption. Recent years brought to light the big incidents of corruption in Common Wealth Games management, then came the 2G spectrum scam. Now a big issue has come up with CAG report about improper dealings allocation of coal blocks popularly known as Coalgate.”
Suggesting ethical methods in addition to administrative and judicial methods to solve this complicated problem, Maulana Umari said: “Jamaat has been stressing all along that the true role of religion should be emphasised that religion means man’s correct relation with God and a just and proper solution of human problems. True religion rejects materialism and promotes fear of God and sense of responsibility.”
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