Popular Front National General Assembly concludes

The National General Assembly (NGA) of Popular Front of India held at Malabar House in Mallapuram, Kerala during 10-12 August 2018 concluded with a call to all secular, democratic forces and depressed class movements for building a joint political resistance in every state and constituency to Keep RSS away from power after 2019 Lok Sabha elections. Other resolutions highlighting various national issues of current importance were also passed in the concluding session of the Assembly.

The Assembly observed that the 2019 Lok Sahba election would be very crucial and decisive in the history of India as a secular democratic nation. The emerging situations in the country under the BJP government remind us that it may be the last chance before the right thinking people to save our nation from the control of communal and fascist Sangh Parivar. Since the central government has been a total failure in all the areas of governance, BJP has now returned to its original agenda of communal polarization which is an attack on the democratic structure of the country. The Assembly observed: “It is need of time for all political parties to keep aside their differences and form a united platform to challenge the BJP in the 2019 general elections. There have been statements by various leaders regarding a united opposition but unfortunately it is not being translated into action. There have been few instances where the opposition parties have showed their unwillingness to compromise and come together for the larger good of the country. It is indeed a litmus test for all the secular parties to prove their commitment towards secularism. The NGA of the Popular Front urges all the secular parties to be ready for political sacrifices to form a united secular platform for the 2019 general election.”

Another resolution adopted by the National General Assembly extended support to the demand of Assam people for an impartial and fair exercise of NRC in the state and to stop manipulating the NRC procedure to deliberately exclude linguistic and religious minorities. The Assembly also demanded to dissolve all systems and exercises connected to D-Voters and to include all of them in NRC process. The resolution states: “The publication of draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam on 30th July 2018 has created a very serious situation in the state with imminent repercussion also in other parts of the country. Out of the total population of Assam, more than 40 lakh people have been made stateless till proved otherwise.” It has also urged central government to withdraw the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill now on the table of parliament because, in contravention of the letter and spirit of Indian constitution, it stipulates religion as the criterion for granting citizenship.

The National General Assembly expressed shocked and deep concern about the increasing number of cow terrorist lynching in the country especially in northern state ruled by BJP. The Assembly called for grassroots level popular resistance and coordinated legal fights to bring an end to mob lynching incidents. The Assembly demanded an independent probe into Rafel scam in which the role of prime minister and central government are allegedly involved. In another resolution the meeting has appealed Supreme Court intervention to prevent Hindutva forces from taking political advantage of Babri Masjid Issue. The Assembly also urged members and sympathizers of Popular Front to come in support of flood victims in Kerala.

The NGA, which was inaugurated by Chairman E. Abubacker, evaluated the activities of the organization in past one year and a half and discussed future course of action of the organization. General Secretary M. Mohammad Ali Jinnah presented the activities report upon which detailed discussions were held. The report appreciated the efforts and sacrifices of Popular Front members and associates for the recent growth in membership strength and expansion of the reach of the organisation especially in new regions of northern states. The NGA attended by about 200 delegates drawn from different states was concluded with the valedictory speech of Vice Chairman O M A Salam.

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