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Clerics, scholars appeal to vote for MIM against the law


The News Bureau

A section of the minority community is up in arms against an appeal made by over 170 muslim scholars before the general elections calling up on the voters of the minority community to elect Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) candidates.

A write-up appeared in Urdu daily Ethemad, owned by Owaisi family, on April 29, 2014 in which several clerics and scholars made the appeal.

Those opposing the appeal claim that the clerics

– almost all of them – are on the rolls of Wakf Board and invariably they are public servants.

According to Indian law, public servants can neither take part in politics nor support any political party, particularly on religious grounds.

The clerics and scholars allegedly tried to incite communal feelings among muslim voters saying certain party and people are trying to construct Ram Mandir in place of Babri Masjid, introduce common civil code and creating horror through riots in Gujarat and Muzafar Nagar and other places.

The Islamic clerics and scholars instigated the voters of their community saying the wounds inflicted by the rivals were still afresh. Further, muslims were being harassed across the country, they alleged.

They maintained that the country will not prosper without minorities and the MIM was the only party which works for the development of minorities under the purview of Constitution of India.

They lauded the activit

ties of MIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi and appealed to muslim voters to cast their votes to MIM candidates.

Deccan Wakf Properties Protection Society president Osman Bin Mohammed Al Hajri and a few others lodged complaints against the clerics and scholars who have made the appeal.

In their complaints given to the Wakf Board, the complainants alleged that it was against the law for the public servants to make such appeal on communal lines.

“The clerics and scholars are liable for punishment. They should be removed from their posts since lakhs of innocent muslims will be mislead by such appeals as the devotees strictly follow the clerics and scholars out of their religious faith,” said those opposing the appeal. Some people hurt by the appeal are also contemplating legal action.


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