Mumbai, 15 Sep 2014: With an aim to make masses aware of their major issues and lethargic attitude of political parties and politicians ahead of the upcoming Assembly elections in Maharashtra, the Maharashtra zone of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has launched a statewide campaign. The state is going to polls on 15th October.
The 10-day Maharashtra Ka Vikas Nyay aur Sadbhavna Ke Saath (Development of Maharashtra with Justice and Communal Harmony) campaign was launched on 12th September. During the campaign which will end on 21st September, Jamaat has planned to reach out to at least 6 crore voters through various means including door to door campaigning, corner meetings, symposium, rallies in 33 districts. State leaders of the Jamaat and other like-minded people and organisations will address these events.
“Jamaat-e-Islami Hind feels that political parties are claiming to work for Development and Ache Din but its benefits are not reaching the poor, in fact the gap between the poor and rich is widening,” said Mohammed Aslam Ghazi, Secretary of Maharashtra Jamaat.
“Corruption and Inflation are other threats to our economy and to our society as a whole. Maharashtra has seen Irrigation Scam, Fodder…Despite financial packages by the Central and State governments, farmers especially in Vidarbha are still committing suicides,” he said.
Other issues to be highlighted during the campaign include communal violence and unemployment which is 4.5% in Maharashtra despite the state being the most industrialized one in the country.
The Jamaat has brought out a People’ Manifesto which includes various issues like Farmers’ Suicide, Inflation, Corruption, Communal Harmony, Education and Social Justice, and a list of demands for the upcoming new government.
The manifesto calls for requisite powers to the Lokayukts, implementation of Dr. Narendra Jadhav Report on farmers’ suicide, free education from KG to PG, appointment of Protection Officers at Taluka levels as provided by the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act, MNREGA for 365 days, special packages for powerloom industry, development of Bhiwandi, Malegaon as the textile hubs and implementation of the recommendations of the state government-appointed Mehmood ur Rehman committee including:
— 8% reservation to Muslims in government jobs, colleges & housing
— Equal Opportunity Commission
— Communal violence Bill
— Expansion of OBC list to include extremely deprived Muslims
— Compulsory inclusion of Muslims in recruitment committees