Controversy after Hamid Ansari attends PFI event in Kerala

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A day after Hamid Ansari attended an event organised by Popular Front of India, the right wing groups have launched a scathing attack against the former Vice President.

Hamid Ansari

Leading the attack was the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, which accused Ansari of standing ‘exposed.’

Vishwa Hindu Parishad Joint General Secretary Surendra Jain said, “He was spreading dissatisfaction in the Muslim community even when he was holding the post of Vice President.”

The event in question was organised by the women’s wing of the PFI. A report by PTI said that Ansari attended the two-day international conference on “the role of women in making humane society” in Kerala’s Kozhikode organised by the Institute of Objective Studies in association with the National Women’s Front, the women’s wing of the PFI.

The BJP too has demanded an apology from Ansari for taking part in a programme organised by the PFI, an organisation it alleged was responsible for recruiting youngsters to the Islamic State.

“A person who was the Vice President of the country for 10 years should not have taken part in a programme organised by an outfit which is under the scanner of the National Investigation Agency,” BJP district president P. Raghunath was quoted by The Hindu.

However, PFI sources in Kerala said that only the Delhi- based Institute of Objective Studies organised the event and the PFI has not organised it.

Speaking at the event, Ansari said, “The challenge is to produce substantive gender equality so that women become active and equal partners in the creation of a humane society.”

Earlier, the Calicut University which had allowed the programme to be held at the varsity campus, later cancelled the permission saying that the Federation of Muslim Colleges, the parent body of the Chair of Islamic Studies at the University, objected to certain organisations which were not part of of the programme later collaborating with it.

The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in a report to the Union Home Ministry had claimed that the PFI has been involved in terror acts, including running terror camps and making bombs, and it was a fit case to be declared banned under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA).

The PFI reportedly has presence in 23 states and is strongest in Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.

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