New Delhi, Sep 4 (PTI) Congress and other opposition parties should clarify their position on the demands of backward and Dalit Muslims, especially their reservation in OBC and SC categories, All India Chairman Pasmanda said on Sunday. Muslim Mahaz, Ali Anwar Ansari, while he noted that the community cannot support BJP or AIMIM.
Muslims in Pasmanda have voted for non-BJP parties all their lives and “it was time to ask them for answers about lack of representation, economic distress and atrocities suffered by the community,” Ansari said.
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The Mahaz and several other community organizations wrote a letter to all regional parties and Congress on Sunday, seeking their position on the community’s issues and demands, particularly reservation in the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Other categories. Backward Classes (OBC). .
Addressing a press conference, Ansari said parties such as Congress, RJD, SP, JD(U) and BSP had not given “political representation” to Muslims in Pasmanda and did not had not integrated their problems into their policy.
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“The opposition parties have avoided the words ‘Pasmanda’ and ‘secularism’ in their speeches. We want the opposition parties to take a stand and pressure the government to grant CS status to Dalit Christians and Dalit Muslims,” Ansari said, adding that they are not just a vote bank for any party and have always been against “communitarianism.”
Stressing that it is the responsibility of the opposition to stand with the community, Ansari said there could be no one more Pasmanda than Bilkis Bano.
He added that the community would not support the BJP and other divisive forces such as AIMIM.
The organizations argued that non-Ashraf Muslims also face caste discrimination like backward and SC communities among Hindus, and they face the maximum weight of communal violence.
During the BJP national executive meeting in Hyderabad recently, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked his party members to reach out to the Pasmanda Muslim community.
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