– Radiance News Service
New Delhi: Maulana Arshad Madani, President Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind (Arshad faction), has thrown his support behind the opposition alliance INDIA, emphasising the need for political change to end the atmosphere of hatred in the country.
Talking to the media, Maulana Madani has stressed the urgent need to unite all opposition, against what he described as communal forces at both the state and national levels. Asking the opposition parties to replicate the defeat of communal forces in Karnataka at the national level, he warned them if they were not united, their existence would be in danger.
Expressing concerns over the present environment of hatred in the country, Maulana Arshad Madani lamented that Muslims were targeted in Haryana’s Nuh and other places, too.
The INDIA alliance, comprising leaders from various non-BJP parties, aims to contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections with a resolve to work together against divisive politics.
Hitting out at the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat for his recent ‘all Indians are Hindus’ remark, the Jamiat chief alleged that the RSS backtracked from its commitment to promoting peace, love and amity between Hindus and Muslims. He mentioned that he had earlier engaged in discussions with the RSS leader with the aim of promoting mutual understanding and resolving misunderstandings in the country. However, Maulana Madani expressed disappointment that the RSS leadership was no longer adhering to these commitments.
Bhagwat made the controversial remark last week, declaring India a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and claiming that all Indians are Hindus. Terming it as a “meaningless” statement, Maulana Madani clarified they are Hindi or Indians, not Hindu.