Will Manipur Muslims hand their votes to Congress?

IMPHAL: It’s fairly obvious to whom the bulk of Muslim votes from Manipur will go. Five Manipuri Muslim organizations urged political parties to incorporate certain provisions for the welfare of the Muslim community in their respective LS poll manifestos.

Parties that failed to include these demands in their election manifesto would not get votes from the community, whose members are popularly known as Meitei Pangals, threatened Abdullah Pathan, president of the Manipur Muslim Welfare Association, at a media conference. One of the demands  was that parties should work to implement the Prime Minister’s new 15-point programme.

About 5 lakh Meiti Muslims in Manipur

About 5 lakh Meiti Muslims in Manipur

Pathan was speaking on behalf of five Muslim organizations. The other four organizations included Pangal Student Organization, United Manipur Muslim Development Organization, Manipur, All Manipur Muslim Women and Culture Organization and All Manipur Muslim Development Organization.

The demands came barely a couple of months after the ruling Congress, which has 42 MLAs in the 60-member Manipur assembly, nominated Abdul Salam as the first Muslim Rajya Sabha MP from the state. Congress has three Muslim MLAs , with one of them holding a cabinet berth.

Some of the other demands of the five bodies included provisions to establish a separate ‘Muslim Development and Finance Corporation’ and clearance of three pending bills-Communal Violence (Prevention, Control and Rehabilitation of Victims) Bill, 2005, Mishra Commission Report/Bill, 2007, and Equal Opportunity Commission Bill, 2008, in the first session of the ensuing Lok Sabha.

On the other hand, the state chief electoral officer (CEO), O Nabakishore Singh, on Friday convened a joint meeting of various civil bodies, NGOs and concerned organizations in Imphal to spread awareness about full participation of voters in the coming two-phase polls in the state.

The population of Meitei Pangals, who are concentrated in the three valley districts of Imphal East, Thoubal and Bishnupur, is over two lakhs.

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