MADURAI: Muslims, Dalits and other minority groups have long been sidelined from the mainstream and were structurally made to remain backward on all fronts and to win back our rights we have to come together and fight to regain our lost rights, said, E.M. Abdul Rahman, Chairman, Popular Front of India (PFI).
Addressing the first State Level ‘Social Resurgence’ of PFI conference here on Sunday, he said that this movement would work for the establishment of a new Tamil Nadu. While welcoming the 3.5 per cent reservation given by the DMK government, the PFI demanded that Muslims be given reservation in accordance to their population.
Speaking earlier, M. Mohamed Ali Jinnah said that various arms of the government over the years have always tried to repress the Muslims from organising into a political force.
The conference’s demands include implementation of the recommendations made in the Ranganath Mishra Commission’s report on the status of minorities in India like 10 per cent reservation for Muslims.
PFI demanded a ban on genetically modified crops and seeds and also the confiscation of productive lands in the name of development. Babri Masjid should be built at the same place, Wakf Board assets need to be retrieved, untouchability which existed in many forms should be abolished were some of the other demands put forth by the front.
K. Veeramani, President, Dravidar Kazhagam, P. Sivakami, President, Samooga Samathuva Padai spoke at the conference.