The Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations For Empowerment (JCMOE) has issued guidelines for the upcoming General Elections in the country. Mr. Syed Shahabuddin, Convener, JCMOE has issued the note on 1 April 2014, reproduced below for BH readers. – Editor
An urgent meeting of Joint Committee of Muslim Organisations for Empowerment (JCMOE) was held at 4.00 PM on 17 March, 2014.
The meeting confirmed that the voting strategy it had developed was perfectly suitable even in a General Election to achieve the objective of the secular forces to raise the representation of secular members, particularly of Muslims and other deprived groups in the coming Parliament as well as to defeat the BJP and promote and help the formation of a secular Government.
The JCMOE also reiterated its coincidered view that the only way to raise the representation of deprived groups, in the absence of Reservation or Proportional Electoral Representation System as well as the impossibility of united voting by all secular voters on a national, state or district basis is to ensure that as far as possible, all secular votes at the constituency level are united and they massively vote in favour of one selected and experienced secular candidate, acceptable to all groups irrespective of the party or religion or caste.
The JCMOE also confirmed the Guidelines as suggested in the past to form a Representative Consultation Committee in every constituency in future to interview the candidates in the field and select the best and the most winnable secular candidate, as well as canvass for him through all possible means.
The JCMOE also decided that it shall issue a State-wise chart showing the Muslim majority or dominant seats, names of the parties which won in 2004 and 2009 and of prominent parties, except the BJP, contesting in 2014.
The JCMOE reiterated its appeal to the deprived voters that as far as possible, they should not be divided in any constituency and vote unitedly and massively.
The JCMOE has prepared the following major demands.
1) Universal reservation in government and private sector jobs and in college and technical education for eligible candidates of all deprived groups including the SCs, STs and Muslims.
2) Preparation of a Sub-Plan for the uplift of the Muslim minority and for Other Religious Minorities on par with the sub-plans for SC/ST.
3) Due benefit to the Muslim minority and Other Minorities, in all central and states schemes and plans for social and economic development at the grassroots level(village, panchayats, blocks and zilas) in proportion to their population at the operational and distribution level.
4) Enactment of an effective and comprehensive law on inter-group conflict targeted against an identifiable group, for identification and punishment of culprits, including officials who collaborate with the rioters and for full compensation on a common national scale for the lives lost, the properties destroyed and the women dishonored, and for preventive measures such as establishment of composite police posts in all sensitive places.
5) Repeal of the UAPA and bar on siege and search of localities as well as on arrest and detention, only on ground of suspicion, submission of charge sheet within six months and payment of compensation to those acquitted, for the loss of time, energy and income as well as emotional injury to the detainee and his family.
6) Identification and restoration of all Wakf properties to the appropriate Wakf Boards and District Committees which have been utilized or acquired by the government authorities as well as those which have fallen into the private hands.
7) Establishment of schools, vocational training centres, primary health centres, bank branches, post offices in accordance with the national norms in all villages, and urban mohallas inhabited by Muslim Minority and Other Minorities.
8) Grant of constitutional status to the National Commission of Minorities, with Chairman and half the members being Muslims and the other half divided among other Religious Minorities.
9) Grant of constitutional status to the National Commission for Recognition of Minority Institutions.
10) Control and proportional distribution of LIG public housing in urban areas among all deprived groups.