After the People’s Front of India (PFI), the central government risks banning the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI). According to sources, Union Home Minister Amit Shah may approach the Election Commission of India to ban the PFI-affiliated political wing (SDPI). It is pertinent to mention that amidst a crackdown on the PFI, several members of the SDPI office were also arrested on the basis of information that they were trying to foment unrest in society.
Meanwhile, the SDPI condemned the banning of PFI and said, “The banning of PFI and its allies is part of an undeclared emergency by the BJP regime.”
Formed in 2009, SDPI is a political party and was registered with the Electoral Commission in April 2010. The group has gained footprints in Kerala and has grown over the years. The SDPI is believed to be working in cahoots with the leftist government of Kerala and opposing the Congress ally Indian Union Muslim League (IUML). In the civic body elections of Kerala in 2020, the SDPI managed to win around 100 seats.
The central government banned PFI and its affiliated organizations for a period of 5 years and declared them “unlawful associations” under the UAPA. Apart from PFI, its affiliates – Rehab India Foundation, All India Imams Council, National Confederation of Human Rights Organization, National Women’s Front, Junior Front, Campus Front of India, Empower India Foundation and Rehab Foundation, Kerala are proscribed.
Digital fingerprints of PFI outfits and affiliated organizations will be erased
Following the PFI ban, the digital footprint of the outfit and its associates is also being erased as the group’s official website was taken down on Wednesday, September 28. Additionally, the websites of its affiliated organizations are being wiped from the Internet. . Rehab India Foundation, a subsidiary of the PFI website, has also been removed from the internet world.
Notably, it comes amid a nationwide crackdown on the radical group as central agencies carried out two rounds of raids in several cities across the country and arrested more than 300 people, dismantling around 60% of the infrastructure of the crew.