Ahead Lok Sabha elections 2019, Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid Ahmed Bukhari, who had earlier supported the Congress party in 2014 general elections, said on Monday that he would not appeal to support any political party these elections.
He expressed his disappoinments towards all the political parties and said instead of following golden principles of one nation, the venom of communalism is being spread.
"The unabated hatred and growimng religious mania in the country have trampled over our basic values and traditions. These circumstances have caused grave concern to the civilised society. Things have come to the point that instead of following the golden principles of one nation and unity in diversity, the venom of communalism is being spresd in every matter," said Bukhari in a press statement.
Elaborating his reason for not supporting any party he said that 2019 elections are a trial of the wisdom and farsightedness of the people.
"In these circumstances, the general elections 2019 are a trial of the wisdom and farsightedness of the people. In the current situation, it is difficult to ascertain which one deserves to be supported. Therefore, after much deliberation and consulations, I have decided not to appeal in support of any of the political parties, " he added.
Bukhari further said that all the political parties have dissappointed Muslims as they make long list promises but never deliver them.
"Muslims should keep in view the fact that almost all political parties have disappointed them. There is a long list of promises, statements and announcements but the level of implementation is disappointing. The tale of injustices to Muslims is very long," he said to the media in release.
"These elections should be seen in perspective of the Indian conscience, national honour, upholding the Constitution and the prevalence and disposal of justice. Apart from this, this the personal integrity of candidates and their previous record too have to be considered before decideding whom to vote," it read.
The release further said, "Therefore, I expect from the Indian public, particularly Muslims that they shall decide in a way as to ensure that India's centuries' old cultural harmony and the supermacy of the Constitution remain preserved and secured."