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Muslims to vote against AIADMK: IUML
April 24, 2006 17:43 IST
Indian Union Muslim League's Tamil Nadu unit on Monday claimed that the entire Muslim community would vote against the All India Anna Dravida Munethra Kazhagam, for having "failed to give proper representation to the community" in the outgoing ministry.
"Only one Muslim was made a minister, that too only for a few days, some years back, which showed total disrespect to the community, whereas all the chief ministers from Kamaraj to M G Ramachandran, had Muslim ministers in their cabinets", Haji P S Hamsa, secretary, Indian Union Muslim League state trade wing, told reporters in Coimbatore.
However, the assurance by Dravida Munethra Kazhagam to take up the issue of reservation to Muslim in education and employment sector, had caught up well with the community, who have decided to remove the AIADMK from power, he claimed.
Muslims were the deciding factor in 60 out of the 234 constituencies in Tamil Nadu, Hamsa claimed.
Hamsa also appealed to release on bail the "innocent Muslims" who were languishing in the jail for the past eight years, in connection with the 1998 serial bomb blasts.
The party also appealed to expedite the cases fast as the special court had finished examination of nearly 1,300 witnesses in the case and only arguments were left.