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.
Social activists and representatives of several political and social organizations attended a special get together held at Lilong in Manipur and released a joint statement against the ban. They said that the ban order violates the laws of the land and suppresses the fundamental rights respected by the constitution. They have called upon the government of Jharkhand to lift the ban immediately. They pointed out that ban was imposed on baseless allegations against the organization.
The followings persons attended the get-together and signed the statement:
Adv. Muhammed Jalaluddin, Adv. Muhammed Ramijuddin Azaz, Muhammed Abdul Wahid – Joint Secretary, Social Upliftment Development Organisation (SUDO), Muhammed Hakim Ahamed – President, All Sangaiyumpham Development Org.(ASDO), Muhammed Abdul Salam – Secretary, Irong Social Development Org. (ISDO), SM. Jalaluddin – President, All Manipur Muslim Org. Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC), Muhammed Mujibur Rahman – State Executive member, All India Tanzeem-e Inshaf (AITI), FM. Abdullah Pathan – President, Manipur Muslim Welfare Org. (MMWO), Alhaj Muhammed Hassan – Treasurer, Lilong Sport Association (LSA) , Farooque Khan – Treasurer, Integrated Development Org. (IDO), Wahidur Rahman – General Secretary, All Manipur Muslim Org. Co-ordinating Committee (AMMOCOC), Dr. Badaruddin – All India Tanzeem-e Inshaf (AITI), Md Ismat Khan – Executive Member, Integrated Development Org. (IDO), Alhaj Nooruddin – Mohatamin Madrassa Alia – All India Muslim Personal Law Board Member, Muhammed Riyajuddin – General Secretary, Social Democratic Party Of India (SDPI), Muhammed Nazimuddin – UP Adhyaksha, Kakching Zilla Parishad, Rafi Shah General Secretary Popular Front of India, Manipur State.
In Assam, Protests were held against the ban imposed on Popular Front of India in Jharkhand. The social activists, political leaders and minority leaders condemned the ban and called upon to the Jharkhand government for immediate lifting of ban. In a statement Adv. Aminul Islam, AIUDF General Secretary strongly demanded to revoke the ban.
Activists protest in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh
A joint protest march was held in Kurnool against ban on Popular Front of India in Jharkhand and demolition of statues Lenin, B R Ambedkar and Periyar. The following persons belonging to different organisations participated: Pinaaka Pahani (Virasam state Gen Secretary), Som Shekar Sharma (State convener, Rayalaseema Vidiya Wantula Vedika), Srinivasa Rao (National president, POP), Abdul Waris (State President, SDPI), Abdul Latheef (State Gen Secretary, Popular Front of India), Balanna (Convenor, Pads co), Shehupani (State Vice President, BC’s Janasabha), Roja Ramani (President, Manila Shrawanti, Kurnool), Jayanna (RTI, State Gen Secretary), Ratnam Esup (Democratic Teachers Federation, Kurnool), Som Sundarm (MRPS), Nagi Reddy (Praja Parirakshana Hakkula Samithi, Kurnool), Allah Bakhash (Andhra Pradesh Civil Liberties Committee) Subha Rao (Senior Communist leader, Kurnool).