Peoples Union for Democratic Rights condemns the Jharkhand Government for banning PFI, Popular Front of India, without providing any prima-facie evidence to support its decision. Through its official release dated 20th February 2018, the BJP state government proscribed PFI by invoking extraordinary powers provided under S 16 [Powers to Declare Associations Unlawful] of the CLA (Criminal Law Amendment) Act.
Today, (16 March 2018), Sanyukt Sangharsh Morcha organized a seminar at Vinoba Bhawan, Jaipur, which was attended by representatives of different social and political organizations. The participants expressed their views on the current situation in the state and in the country in general. They expressed their concern over ongoing repression and demonization of dissent by the BJP government using government agencies.
New Delhi, 12 March 2018: Jamaat-e-Islami Hind has expressed deep concern on reports about the state government of Jharkhand putting a ban on the activities of Popular Front of India (PFI).
Massive protest gathering held at Valluvar Kottam in Chennai on 16 March 2018 questioned the decision of Jharkhand government which banned Popular Front of India. The programme witnessed an outpour of political leaders, community leaders and activists across the state as well as a large numbers of people.
New Delhi : Condemning the ban on the Jharkhand unit of Popular Front of India (PFI) by Jharkhand government, leaders of important Muslim organisations and leading figures of the Indian Muslim community considered the ban tantamount to murdering democracy. The Muslim community leaders said in a joint statement that PFI is a nationwide welfare and social organisation offering educational and social services all over the country and helping victims within the limits of the Indian Constitution and laws.
The Central Secretariat meeting of Popular Front of India held at Calicut applauded the Lok Sabha by-election results in UP and Bihar. The meeting observed that the willingness expressed by the regional parties SP and BSP to stand together is exemplary at a time when the Congress and Left parties hesitates to act jointly. This unity has proved that BJP is not invincible if secular parties are ready to unite. The defeat of BJP in its long held bastions like Gorakhpur reflects how much people are disillusioned with the policies of Prime Minister Modi and Chief Minister Yogi.
A resolution passed by the National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India welcomed the growing public opinion against the anti-democratic ban on the organization in BJP ruled Jharkhand. The meeting expressed gratitude to all organisations and leaders who have openly spoken out against the ban.
More than a fortnight after ban on Popular Front of India in Jharkhand, different organizations, activists and intellectuals in several parts of India are raising their opposition against it. In North-East states like Manipur, Assam and also in southern state of Andhra Pradesh several protest meetings were held against the ban.
Popular Front Chairman E Abubacker in a statement took strong exception to the FIR lodged by The Hazratganj police against All India Muslim Personal Law Board spokesperson Maulana Sajjad Nomani alleging sedition. He rubbished the accusations made by UP Shia Waqf Board Chairman, Waseem Rizvi against Maulana.