BJP, RSS leaders reach out to Muslim clerics, personalities
Ahead of the long-pending Ram temple-Babri mosque title suit verdict, leaders of the BJP and the RSS on Tuesday met Muslim clerics, academics and prominent persons as part of their efforts to maintain communal harmony in the country. The Supreme Court is scheduled to announce its judgment possibly next week in the disputes with far-reaching political and social fallouts.
The meeting, held at the residence of Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, was attended by RSS leaders Krishna Gopal and Ramlal, former Union Minister Shahnawaz Hussain, Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind general secretary Mahmood Madani, filmmaker Muzaffar Ali, All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Kamal Faruqui, former MP Shahid Siddiqui and Shia cleric Kalbe Jawad.
Those present at the meeting expressed commitment to strengthen and protect the fabric of the socio-communal harmony, brotherhood and unity in the country under all circumstances.
The participants urged people to remain cautious of elements engaged in conspiracy to harm the unity and harmony in the society for their vested interests and urged them not to be carried away by rumours which may be spread by anti-social elements.
The Union Minister was quoted as saying it is the collective responsibility of all sections of society to protect this strength of unity.
A PTI report from Hyderabad said ahead of the verdict in the Ayodhya issue, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM), the Muslim wing of the RSS, has started a series of programmes in Telangana as part of its nationwide campaign for communal harmony.
The MRM has already begun many programmes across the country by holding group meetings, public meetings, awareness camps on the sensitive issue, MRM Telangana convener MA Sattar said here.
The aim of the campaign is to maintain communal harmony in the country and in this regard, the MRM has similarly been conducting group meetings and public awareness campaigns in Telangana also for the last three days with people including the community’s leaders and organisations, Sattar said.
“We are appealing to citizens to maintain communal harmony. Everyone should give respect to the Supreme Court’s judgment and maintain peace and harmony. We are also appealing to people not to misuse social media, share or forward such kind of posts, which may hurt the sentiments of any community,” Sattar added.
Meanwhile, the Centre has dispatched around 4,000 extra Paramilitary personnel to Uttar Pradesh to maintain the law and order situation in the State during and after the pronouncement of judgment on the Ram Janambhoomi-Babri masjid case.
Fifteen additional companies of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) will arrive in Uttar Pradesh on November 11 and will be deployed there till November 18. This shows that the Ayodhya verdict could be pronounced during this period.
“Total 40 companies which include 16 companies of RAF and six companies each of CISF, ITBP, SSB and BSF will be deployed in Uttar Pradesh till November 18,” an official communication said.
These paramilitary companies will be deployed in 12 most sensitive districts and cities including Ayodhya, Varanasi, Kanpur, Aligarh, Lucknow, Azamgarh, etc.
Wednesday, 06 November 2019 | PNS | New Delhi
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