By Muslim Mirror Desk
New Delhi: Millions of people celebrated Popular Front Day all over India on 17th Feb marking the 11th anniversary of its launching as a national organization. Various programmes such as Unity March, public conference, corner meeting and flag hoisting were held at various places in 18 states. The Foundation Day programmes were held in Manipur, Assam, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Goa, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and Kerala.
Popular Front Chairman E. Abubacker inaugurated the grand public conference held at Tirur in Kerala. He called upon people to join hands in the interest of our nation and its people, against communal fascist forces that are determined to demolish the secular, socialist, democratic idea of India. Sangh Parivar is putting pressure to ban Popular Front because they have least respect for democratic rights and intolerance to minority rights enshrined in our constitution. “Is it our
fault that we have been trying to empower the backward Muslim community through educational and economic uplift projects? Is it a crime that we have been upholding Indian constitution and rule of law, while RSS consistently violates the same?” He warned that Sangh Parivar once again intensifies its campaign for building Ram Mandir on Babri Masjid site, not because of any religious commitment, but to fulfill its agenda of power politics.
In Kerala, Unity March by the volunteers followed by grand public conferences were held in Kasaragod, Muvattupuzha and Pandalam also. Unity March and public conferences were held at Erode, Vellore, Trichi and Theni in Tamil Nadu and at Sullia in Karnataka. These rallies were attended by thousands of people including women, in addition to Popular Front volunteers in uniforms. In Karnataka, public meeting was held in Davangere also. National leaders of Popular
Front, Mohammad Ali Jinnah (General Secretary), O.M.A. Salam (Vice Chairman), Anis Ahmed (Secretary) and state leaders attended in these southern states programmes.
In Goa, state president Sayed Iftiyaz hoisted Popular Front flag at state office, followed by a get together attended by activists, associates and dignitaries. In Manipur, state president Moulana Waheedur Rahman hoisted the flag at state office campus. Local programmes were held in 44 places in Manipur. The public meeting held at Pranpur in Katihar district of Bihar was attended by a huge gathering. The meeting was addressed by State president Mehboob Alam Nadvi and an array of guests. Get together programmes were held in many other places in the state. In Rajasthan, state president Asif Mirza and other leaders addressed a huge rally in Bundi. In Maharashtra, programmes were held in all major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Aurangabad and Nanded.
State President Pervez Ahmad addressed a public meeting held at Shaheen Bagh, in the surrounding of Popular Front headquarters. Earlier Dr. Mohammad Shamoon, Director Public Relations hoisted the flag at the headquarters.
The flag hoisting ceremony in Hyderabad was disturbed by police and zonal secretary Mohammed Arif Ahmed and other leaders were detained in police station till evening. A case was also registered against them under Cr. P. C section 151.
Popular Front has been celebrating the day since last few years in memory of its declaration on 17th February 2007 in the Empower India Conference held at Bangalore.