AMU Seeks Inclusion of ‘Minority Status Issue’, Anti-Lynching Bill in Manifesto of Political Parties

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The resolution passed by AMU committee said that the parties seeking votes from the varsity must include the character issue of the university in their election manifesto and they must assure the varsity of its implementation.

Aligarh Muslim University
Aligarh Muslim University

Aligarh Muslim University Coordination Committee UP state unit has passed a 15-points resolution seeking inclusion of varsity’s Muslim status in manifestos of political parties ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections.

The resolution said that the parties seeking votes from the varsity must include the character issue of the university in their election manifesto and they must assure the varsity of its implementation.

The committee said that the upcoming assembly elections is pivotal for the university, considering the “systematic harassment by the communally biased ruling dispensation on one hand and disappointed by the silence of all secular parties who had enjoyed power due to their support”, TOI quoted.

The committee consisting more than 100 members including teaching and non-teaching staffs has demanded fast track and time bound probe and demanded release of all the innocent persons charged under draconian Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act and National Security Act.

The committee also demanded rehabilitation of the victims who were falsely framed by the administration and were put behind the bars and were subjected to sever torture, but later acquitted by the courts of law.

The resolution further called for drafting of comprehensive anti-communal and anti-hate crime law with fast-track trial and strict punishment.

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It also demanded formation of task force with “adequate representation of stakeholders for the vigilance of harassment and atrocities of minorities.”

The committee also called for withdrawal of cases filed during the protest of anti-CAA/NRC against activists and also demanded for compensation against the police brutalities during agitation. The resolution also said that Urdu should be declared second language of the state.

The Coordinator of AMU Coordination committee, Amir Mintoee, said that “social security” of minorities is very important as the cases of mob lynching are getting reported across the state making the demand for anti-communal violence bill necessary in the state.

“We will vote for the party who will discuss our issues and assure to implement it, if they form the government,” Amir said. He added that this resolution will be sent to all the national presidents of parties participating in the assembly elections and further course of actions will be decided considering their responses to the demands.

AMU alumni and ex-joint director in Agriculture department of UP government, Dr Sultan-Ul-Haq, speaking on the occasion said, “No political party is talking about issues related to our community, which comprises about 20 percent of the electorate in the state. Some of the parties did not even field a single Muslim candidate and in such a situation we are trying to approach political parties with our issues.”

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