Bangalore : DC News Popular Front of India (PFI) Chairman E. Aboobacker has rubbished the allegations raised by the BJP and Sangh Parivar and accused the Centre of carrying out a ‘systematic propaganda’ to malign his party with the intention of banning It. At a huge rally “We Also Have Something to Say” held at Palace Grounds on Saturday Aboobacker challenged the Centre to produce any evidence of his party having links with terror out-fits. He said that PFI’s stand against ‘fascist ideology’ of Sangh Parivar had angered the Centre and it was using investigating agencies under its control on a vilifiation drive. “Some media houses too have joined the bandwagon and are hell-bent on stamping the terror tag on PFI. This is a desperate attempt to create a stereotype among people and bad image of the organisation.” he said at the well-attended rally.
Aboobacker said the Centre had alleged that his party had links with ISIS, ran recruitment drives for them and organised weapon training camps, but could not produce any evidence to back their claims. “The Popular Front has been condemning the activities of ISIS from the beginning. We have been cautioning PH members about the un-Islamic ideology of ISIS, but, unfortunately the integrity and patriotism of the organisation is being questioned by those who killed Mahatma Gandhi and whose party members relative, an IT Cell member of BJP in Madhya Pradesh, was caught spying for Pakistan,” he said. The PFI chairman further said that innocent Muslim youth were being wrongly accused of being involved in terror incidents in Malegaon, Mecca Masjid and Ajmer Dargah, which was later proved to be an act of Hindutva outfits.
“We can never cheat the country we are born and live in because patriotism is in our genes. We don’t need lectures on patriotism and nationalism from people who chose to keep away from the freedom struggle,” Aboobacker said. Underlining the activities of PFI, Aboobacker said, “If fighting for the rights of the oppressed, providing food to the poor, empowering people from backward classes and helping poor children go to school is called terrorism, then yes we are terrorists,” The conference had participants from all over Karnataka.
The remarks by Jnanaprakash Swamiji of Urllingapeddi Mutt, Mysuru, hailing the ruler of erstwhile Mysore Tipu Sultan and placing him above Gandhi, Bhagat Singh and Jawaharlal Nehru in the freedom fighter’s list, has raised many eyebrows and stoked a new controversy. While addressing a mas-sive gathering during PFIs grand conference We Also Have Something to Say’ at Palace Ground on Saturday he said that considering the sacrifices made by Tipu Sultan for the country his statue should have been installed at Red Fort. “Tipu Sultan fought the British and even pledged his two sons during the freedom struggle. Gandhi and Nehru did not do it. We should have Tipu’s statue installed atop the Red Fort,” he said, adding, “We have statues of Rani Channamma, Madalcari Na-aka and Sangolli Rayanna, why not of freedom fighter Tipu,” he questioned.
Lashing out Jnana-prakash Swamiji said, “India has become a kingdom of lies and a country of murderers since the BJP has come to power. Those who were attempting to tell the truth are being silenced through bullets.” Calling for unity among Muslims, Dalits and Christians, the pontiff said that there was a need to change India for better. “India is not Danagala Bharatha, this is Janagala Bharatha (India is not a country of cows, it’s a country of people). We will build a country of people and you Modi build a country of cows,” he lamented.
The pontiff further said that those who were killing cows were being jailed and those who were killing people were ruling the country. “In India, there is respect for cows, but not human being. Instead of changing India to a better India, the Modi is calling for Congress-free country. Tomorrow he will call for Muslim-free country and then Buddhist and Jains. They have systematically planned everything,” Swamiji said. Taking a dig at BJP’s slogan ‘Achche Din’, he said it has come only to party president Amith Shah’s son and Ambani.