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‘Jamaat-e-Islami Kashmir ready to contest J&K Assembly polls if Centre revokes ban on it’

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‘Never gave boycott calls, Majlis-e Shoora has taken a call to revive Jamaat, want to take forward democratic process, socio-religous reforms to be our main poll plank, no change in our basic stance'

 Srinagar, May 15: In a significant development, the banned Jamaat-e-Islami Wednesday said that it was ready to contest polls if Centre would lift the ban on it.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) imposed ban on JeI in 2019 , post Article 370 roll back, terming the organization as “anti .” Talking to reporters here, JeI's panel head Ghulam Qadir Wani of Gussu, Pulwama, said that the members of JeI casted their votes in the recent Lok Sabha polls.

Wani was seen casting vote in the May 13 polls for Srinagar Lok Sabha polls.

“We will try to contest polls in the upcoming Assembly polls slated for September this year,” said Wani while talking to media persons, adding that JeI always believed in democratic process. “We will field our own candidates if Centre revokes ban on us. There are other issues but revocation of ban is the first pre-condition to join the poll fray,” Wani said.

He said socio-religious reforms would be the poll plank of JeI besides drug abuse and growing immortality. Wani said a crucial session of JeI's Majlis-e Shoora was held and a decision was taken to contest polls. “We never changed our stance as we believe in democracy,” he said. In reply to query, why JeI members boycotted polls in the past, he said when nobody voted, JeI followed suit. “There was a pressure and threat as well, “he said.

Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference Vice President Omar Abdullah welcomed Jamaat-e-Islami statement on contesting elections. He said it was a good decision and let them contest the forthcoming Assembly Elections and the Centre should immediately lift the ban on the organization.

‘Never gave boycott calls,  Majlis-e Shoora has taken a call to revive Jamaat, want to take forward democratic process, socio-religous reforms to be our main poll plank, no change in our basic stance'

The JeI's willingness to contest elections will have a huge impact on Kashmir's political landscape. The outfit was a part of the pro-separatist coalition Muslim Mutahida Mahaz (Muslim United Front or MUF) that participated in the 1987 elections against the National Conference (NC). The election was rigged and NC was declared winner. The rigging created huge resentment among the young supporters of MUF which manifested in militancy a year later. In the early 90s, MUF leader Peer Muhammad Yousuf crossed the LoC and went on to lead the Hizbul Mujahideen as Syed Salahuddin.

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) extended the ban against Jamaat-E-Islami under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention Act (UAPA) 1967 for another five years. JeI was first declared an “unlawful association” on February 28, 2019.

 

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