HT Correspondent,Kanpur, May 15
THE VIDHAN Sabha elections in the State will witness active participation of the Jamat-e-Islami Hind for the first time.
Emboldened by the Left Democratic Front’s victory in the recently concluded Kerala assembly elections, the Jamat-e-Islami Hind has decided to take active part in the UP elections.
The Jamat-e-Islami Hind campaigned for the LDF in Kerala and opposed the UDF, which comprised the Congress and the Muslim League.
Jamat-e-Islami Hind leader Abdul Haq Ansari paid his first visit to the city late on Sunday evening. He presided over four meetings. Sources said Ansari exhorted Muslims, especially the youth, to take active part in the assembly elections.
He also took part in a seminar at Merchant Chamber Hall.
Ansari told newspersons that the UDF Government, including the Muslim League, in Kerala was embroiled in corruption. “A demand for the expulsion of a MLA involved in a sex scandal was rejected by the UDF,” he said.
The Jamat tried its best to bring about the MLA’s expulsion, but to no avail, he added. On the Jamat’s open support to the LDF, Ansari said, “The LDF has promised to give a clean government and strive for the uplift of the underprivileged section.”
He said Muslim parties had the support of the Jamat in the recently concluded Assam elections. Ansari said the Jamat was in favour of proper education for Muslims.
“Efforts are being made by the Jamat to ensure proper education for Muslims and the organisation is also striving to get help from the Union Government in this regard,” he said. On the role of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, he said the Board had its own responsibilities, which it was fulfilling honestly.