Thrissur (Kerala): The Social Democratic Party of India, (SDPI), has decided to launch membership campaign drive and has fixed a target of 10 lakh in coming three months.
This was decided among other things at the SDPI’s first two-day National Working Committee (NCW) meeting after the party’s reconstitution of NWC and the election of national office-bearers held in May last at Bangalore. The propaganda of SDPI’s basic ideology based on the slogan “Freedom from Hunger and Freedom from Fear” will be perpetuated with all fervour and enthusiasm to give fillip to party’s popularity graph.
The NWC which concluded here at Thrissur on Sunday decided to hold programmes designed to mobilize the positive situations in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh for the strengthening of the party. The party will conduct conventions for leadership and cadres during the months of September and December this year, the NWC also decided. A number of people-focussed issues were identified and plans were chalked out for agitations, public campaigns and public conferences for the redressal of these issues.
At the NWC meeting a resolution was passed which said that SDPI does not consider mere enactment of Lokpal Bill would prove a panacea for the disease of corruption. Ting However, it may be an important instrument for checking and controlling corruption in government bodies, if, appointed through a fool proof method and not as an individual but as a body of competent persons.
This is among the 11 resolutions passed at the NWC meeting. Another resolution on Waqf properties strongly rejected the patchwork in the form of proposed amendment in the Waqf Act as se major recommendations of the Joint Parliament Committee and Sachar Committee Report has been ignored in the Bill. It strongly demanded a proper enactment of law finalized after due consultation with the representative bodies of the Muslim community.
Yet another resolution said the SDPI protests the harassment and persecution of genuinely working organizations and individuals such as Popular Front of India, Tablighi Jamaat, People’s Union for Civil Liberty, (PUCL), Dalit Human Rights Movement, ANHAD and some Christian groups working in Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Orissa. The intelligence agencies are being misused to spread rumours and lies against these organizations with the help of plaint media and to implicate them in cooked up cases and prepare a ground for further harassment. The party demanded for purging communal elements from the intelligence agencies of the country especially the IB.
The other resolutions passed on the occasion in the NWC meeting were on (i) Atrocities against Dalits; (ii) Release of Innocent People implicated in Bomb Blast Cases (iii) Nuclear Plants; (iv) Poverty Line; (v) Reservation; (vi) Hajj Affairs; (vii) Film on Ambedkar and (viii) Draconian Laws.
President of SDPI E. Aboobacker in his presidential remarks cautioned that the meeting has several items on the agenda having bearing on the future course of the SDPI. He reminded that since the term of the committee is of two-years, it should vigorously and thoroughly plan for this long period although the honourable members could also deliberate on the long term development of the party work. He reiterated that SDPI has heavy onus for alleviating the conditions of Muslims, Dalits and other sections of society.
At the outset Riaz Azimabadi, vice president of the party, while welcoming the office-bearers and NWC members urged them to undertake the cause of the Party with such a vigour that all could be proud of its achievements and be hopeful of its future prospects at the time of the next meeting.
Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan, general secretary, read out the minutes of the last meeting held at Bangalore which was approved by voice vote.
On the initiative of A. Sayeed, another general secretary of the party, state-wise review of the performance of the SDPI candidates in the recently held assembly elections in Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Pondicherry and West Bengal was taken up.
A number of departments such as political affairs; general administration,; meetings and reports; research, education & training; media; trade unions; women’s wing,; NRI; fund raising and legal affairs were constituted and the responsibilities of each department were assigned to various NWC members.
Meanwhile, the responsibilities as state in-charges of the respective states were given to Dr. Mahboob Sahrif: Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Kerala; A Sayeed: Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Goa; M. K. Faizi: Rajasthan, West Bengal, Assam & Manipur; Hafiz Manzoor Ali Khan: Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand; and Abdul Rashid Agwan Delhi, Haryana and Punjab.
Afsar Pasha and Abdul Majeed Faizi were inducted in the NWC as the nominated members.