Jamaat-e-Islami Hind applauds Karnataka’s people for rejecting politics of hate, division

May 15, 2023

New Delhi, 15th May 2023:  Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH) has congratulated the people of Karnataka after the results of the recently held assembly elections were announced.

Applauding the people of Karnataka for defeating the advocates of hate and polarisation, JIH Vice-President Prof. Salim Engineer, in a media statement, said, “despite desperate attempts to divide the people of Karnataka along communal lines and polarize them through hatemongering, the people of Karnataka maintained their composure and did not let the communally surcharged election campaign influence their vote.”

Appreciating the people of Karnataka for sending an important message to the people of the country on how to remain united and maintain peace and harmony in the face of instigation and provocation, Prof. Salim said that they had shown that real issues like employment, price rise, health, education, and welfare were more important than emotional issues deliberately created to hide the failures and non-performance of those in power. He said, “it is a welcome sign that those who tried to create division in society and resorted to hatemongering were comprehensively defeated in the polls.”

Stating that the Karnataka election results also send a message to all secular parties, the JIH Vice-President asked them to take a principled stand on issues like the hijab ban, halal issue, Muslim reservation, and their economic boycott without fearing the political loss they might have to incur.  “These secular parties and regional parties should learn a lesson from the Karnataka verdict and adopt policies that are based on justice and equality regardless of caste and religious considerations. Denying Muslims their due share of political representation, fearing a backlash from the majority community, is principally incorrect,” he added.

The JIH leader said that the people of Karnataka sent a message that Indian politics should be based on real issues rather than emotional issues or those that cause division and polarization. Commenting that the parties that believe in reaping benefits by spreading hate should correct their course of action as the policy is not politically sustainable, Prof. Salim said, “thus, the Karnataka results prove that advocating justice for the oppressed, promoting communal harmony, and focussing on development issues is the only way to win elections.”

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