“VHP Siege of Ayodhya”: Popular Front approaches President and Supreme Court Chief Justice

On the eve of Dharma Sabha called by the VHP on 25th November “to clear the hurdles for the construction of Ram Temple”, the National Executive Council meeting of Popular Front of India has urged the President of India and the Supreme Court Chief Justice to take urgent steps to prevent any illegal construction on the site of demolished Babri Masjid in Ayodhya, while the final verdict of title suit is pending before the apex court.


As per latest media reports, VHP and other outfits have created a warlike situation in Ayodhya with many frenzied mobs brought in from outside taking over the streets. The reports say that the situation has put the local Muslim population in panic and under threat of insecurity; thousands of people are fleeing from the city. This scenario reminds of the highly sensitive, inflammable and communally charged atmosphere prevailed prior to the destruction of Babri Masjid in December 1992.


The tragic demolition of Masjid and the arson and killings connected to the incident happened previously, because the government machinery did not act in advance to prevent unlawful assemblies aimed at the act of demolition.  Now with the declaration of starting Ram Mandir construction immediately irrespective of what the Supreme Court would decide about it, Ayodhya and neighbouring areas of UP are dragged into violation of law and order as well as possible causalities of human lives and properties. The meeting pointed out that since all these nefarious activities seem to enjoy political patronage, the protection of the site under litigation and security of the minority population in the city under siege could be accomplished only through immediate and effective intervention of the President of India and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The National Executive Council of Popular Front of India expressed hope that these topmost constitutional authorities would exercise their exceptional powers in averting the open assault on rule of law and justice system in the name of Ram Mandir construction in Ayodhya.


Simplify NRC filing and extend deadline


The NEC of Popular Front of India expressed deep concern over the very low turnout of re-applications for inclusion in National Citizens Register (NRC) in Assam with only three weeks left for the closure of the exercise. It is reported that out of 40 lakh people excluded from the final draft of NRC, only 3.5 lahk could manage to file claims and objections so far. This situation validates the apprehensions carried by the linguistic-religious minorities and other concerned citizens that ongoing NRC process would ultimately strip large chunk of population of their citizenship. Among the many reasons for this low level response is the complicated requirements sought for filing their claims. Now it is evident that the majority that remain excluded from the list can in no way file their claims within the next three weeks. Hence the NEC meeting appealed the Supreme Court of India to extend the deadline for filing claims and objections to another six months and to make the filing process simple and people-friendly. 


Declare Tamil Nadu cyclone a national disaster


The NEC of Popular Front of India demanded the central government to declare Gaja cyclone that severely hit Tamil Nadu a national disaster and provide adequate financial support for the rehabilitation of the victims. The disastrous cyclone has swept four districts, took away 63 human lives and demolished nearly 3 lakh houses, besides causing much havoc in agricultural and fishing sectors. The meeting has appreciated the role being played by Popular Front Rescue, Relief and Rehabilitation Volunteers in the affected areas and appealed people to extend financial support for relief and rehabilitation. Popular Front has donated Rs.20 lakh towards rehabilitation of the victims.

Chairman E Abubacker presided over the meeting, which was attended by M Mohammed Ali Jinnah, OMA Salam, Abdul Wahid Sait, E M Abdul Rahiman, K M Shareef, Prof P Koya, Mohammed Roshan, AS Ismail, Md Shahabudheen and A Sayeed.