Indian Leading Islamic Seminary Deoband Bans Entry Of Politicians

Indian Leading Islamic Seminary Deoband Bans Entry Of Politicians
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Entering of politicians to public places is very common especially during election.   They take a lot of advantages by entering such places, especially the religious places.  India’s leading Islamic seminary, Darul-uloom Deoband has taken steps to close its gates for politicians in the election season.

A spokesperson of the organization Maulana Ashraf Usmani said, “We are a religious organisation… no candidate can come to us for political reasons.” He added that the Rector Maulana Mufti Abdul Kasim Nomani will not meet Muslim leaders of any political party till the elections are on.

“We cannot allow politicians to use our alma mater for any kind of electoral mileage. We don’t have time for such people till the election are on,” the spokesperson said citing Maulana Nomani. In February 2016, the institution banned the entry of politicians and people with known political affiliations on its campus. “Students and teachers have been instructed not to participate in any political debates as well,” he said.

He also stated that this decision has been taken in wake of the general elections the model code of conduct for which became effective on January 4.  Nominations for the first phase is scheduled to begin on January 17.

In the past, it has been a tradition for candidates to pay a visit to Darul-uloom Deoband. Based on the notion that Muslims vote en bloc, visit of candidate was said to cause a swing of votes in the region.

The steps taken by Darul-uloom Deoband is a good example for other religious places as well.

 

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