By Special Correspondent
New Delhi: All India Muslim Majlis- e- Mushawarat (AIMMM) on Monday expressed deep worry and shock over Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s recent proposal to rewrite Indian Constitution.
Mushawarat in a statement said the plan is not only concerning but also troublesome, given the TRS’ track record of supporting all controversial laws in Parliament. Differing with Mushawarat, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said Rao’s suggestion was in the backdrop of weakening the federal structure.
Mushawarat President Navaid Hamid said that by proposing a new constitution, Telangana CM Rao is unnecessarily falling into the trap of right-wing forces who have a long-standing and chronic desire to dismantle parliamentary democracy with not only a totalitarian but also a majoritarian regime under the presidential form of government, as well as a strong and deep wishful agenda for erasing the parliamentary democracy.
When the then-Prime Minister Atal Bhari Vajpayee’s government formed a constitution review committee in the year 2000, he stated, there were strong objections to the idea to change the constitution.
“AIMMM is of the considered opinion that Rao, like other non-BJP ruled state chief ministers, may have genuine concerns about the ongoing subversion of the constitution’s mandate by PM Narendra Modi’s union government,” he added.
Mushawarat sincerely believes that the only way to halt the union government’s progress and correct the course is for all of us to band together and fight the union government’s dictatorial policies, not by proposing to rewrite the entire constitution of Babasahab Bhimrao Ambedkar, which has been a pet desire of the rightwing polity, but by proposing necessary amendments to the constitution with the goal of further strengthening the federal structure of the constitution to make it more effective, Hamid said.
Mushawarat also feels its constitutional obligation and duty to warn all patriotic Indians to remain vigilant against the continuous and ongoing brazen attempts for eroding the rights of not only ordinary citizens and constitutional institutions but also the federal structure of the country, the Mushawarat president said.
While echoing the Mushawarat sentiments about attempts to change the Constitution However, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said it also stoutly opposes any move to subvert the Constitution.
Speaking with Muslim Mirror, Jamaat secretary Malik Motasim Khan, who hails from Telangana, pointed out that Rao was speaking in the backdrop of continuous subversion of powers delegated to States by the Constitution of India.
It is not only Rao’s voice but all the southern states have same grievances that the Union government under the BJP is trying to deprive states from their constitutional powers, Khan said.
He made it clear that Jamaat is dead against any tinkering with the Constitution.
Earlier, Telangana Pradesh Congress Committee (TPCC) president and Member of Parliament A. Revanth Reddy also alleged Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) conspiracy to change the Indian Constitution to suit its ideology found an echo in Rao’s voice.
Reacting to Rao’s proposal for a new Constitution for the country, he asked what else one can expect from the Chief Minister whose liking for Prime Minister Narendra Modi is evident in the way the TRS supported all the controversial bills in the Parliament.