Sensible people can recognise who is ‘virus’: Panakkad Hyderali Shihab Thangal
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) state president Panakkad Sayed Hyderali Shihab Thangal is talking about the relevance and political aim of the party with Mathrubhumi special correspondent E. Salahudheen.
BJP leader Yogi Adityanath termed Muslim League as ‘virus’. How do you see such remarks?
The 70 years of history of Muslim League is an answer to this allegation. The party had representation in all 16 Lok Sabhas formed after the formation of constitution. Even A B. Vajpayee entrusted Muslim League leader E. Ahmed to represent the country in United Nations Organisation.
League has never caused any communal riots in the country, but has resolved many such conflicts and this fact is approved by even BJP leaders here.
The national leaders have defined the fanaticism as the domination and deprival of rights by one religion over others. In that way, sensible persons can recognise who is the ‘virus’ and ‘anti-virus’. Nobody who have understood the League's concepts will not accept the UP CM’s allegation.
There was a strong influence of IUML in the candidature of Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad. So, what is the future of the political front formed under the leadership of Congress?
Rahul’s candidature has increased the responsibility of not only the League but the entire Kerala. A prime ministerial candidate is contesting from Kerala. So, the UDF candidates in all seats should win the polls.
The League welcomed the arrival of Rahul because only a Congress-led government can preserve the secular and democratic values of the country. In this election, Congress will get support from north and south Indian states and the border states. A sustainable government will be formed under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.
Modi and his supporters allege that Rahul Gandhi chose a Muslim-majority constituency and that the flag of IUML is a Pakistan flag. What is your reaction to such campaign which combine religious sentiments with politics?
Rahul Gandhi has come to a constituency which is the sitting seat of Congress and UDF, and it is not based on any religion or caste. It is natural that all constituencies are likely to have a particular community’s majority. BJP divide even constituencies based on religion and how can they rule a country with unity?
Wayanad is place with a high population of tribal people, minorities and poor people. Farmer suicides are reported frequently there. They have very low representation in government jobs. Rahul Gandhi’s decision to choose such a backward constituency is laudable. The stand of Sangh Parivar and CPM in ridiculing Rahul for contesting from there is really condemnable.
Those who raise allegations against the flag have not learned the political history. The strongholds of IUML are very forward in terms of religious harmony and peace. This fact is ignored by the people who raise allegations. On the contrary, BJP came to power after dividing people on the basis of religion.
How do you evaluate the concept of secularism upheld by the opposition in Kerala?
In contrast to the opportunist stand of BJP and LDF, UDF has always maintained a secular perspective. The CPM always cope up with the fascist stand of BJP. They act like BJP even to oppose the candidature of Rahul. The UDF has always worked for protecting people’s beliefs and eradicating fanaticism.
How would be the India after elections? What will be the role of Muslim League if Congress comes to power? What would be the stand of League in issues of minorities including triple talaq and economical reservation?
The result of 17th Lok Sabha elections will be the formation of a government that is strong enough to overcome the political crises. The Muslim League policy will be to support the decisions taken by the government for public good and to work for protecting the constitutional rights of the minorities.
The core of our secularism is that though the citizens have their own religions, the government has no particular religion. Rahul Gandhi who is the grandson of Indira Gandhi and great grandson of Pandit Nehru upholds the heritage of secularism.
Muslim League takes stand in minority issues like triple talaq and reservation not based on the government, but the importance of the issue. The protection of fundamental rights of minorities and religious harmony are the major aims of IUML.
League faces the ballot after sacrificing the demand for a third seat. The stand was taken opposing the opinion of Samastha and other organisations. What would the League’s stand in the upcoming assembly elections?
Seat division is an internal issue of the political front. We resolve the issues at the right time. No ally has ever undervalued the public support and sincerity of IUML. UDF in Kerala has been formed on the basis of such mutual respect.