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Arvind Kejriwal's party on lookout for Muslim faces

Nivedita Khandekar, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, August 29, 2013
First Published: 02:11 IST(29/8/2013) | Last Updated: 12:08 IST(29/8/2013)

A group of Muslims, including Aligarh Muslim University alumni Irfanullah Khan and social activist Firoz Bakht Ahmed, are slated to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Thursday.

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Khan, a social worker from Zakir Nagar, is likely to be declared as AAP candidate from Okhla constituency.

Ahmed, a teacher with Modern School, Barakhamba Road, also works for heritage awareness.

The party is holding a special programme ‘Muslims and AAP’ where Arvind Kejriwal will interact with prominent Muslim scholars, social activists and workers from the community.

With less than three months for the assembly elections in Delhi, AAP is trying hard to tap various groups.

Kejriwal had earlier drawn flak for his ‘Letter to Muslims’, prompting him to come up with yet another letter defending the earlier one.

Asked about the need to hold a special programme to induct Muslims into the party, Manish Sisodia, party spokesperson, said: “Why not? If people from a particular group are joining our party, we do hold such programmes. Earlier in Haryana, Arvind (Kejriwal) had inducted a large group of farmers.” 

Calling AAP as a party “formed after a lot of struggle,” Khan said, “Congress too was a party like this after the struggle for Independence. But now it is just a party that wants to stay in power by hook or by crook. Minorities have always been deprived of growth in this country. We are now looking forward to AAP for some change.” 

Asked about his possible candidature from Okhla, Khan told HT: “I have no objections as such, but it will be the party’s decision.”

Ahmed, who has known Kejriwal since 2005 since his Right to Information Act campaign days, called him a “well meaning fellow”.

He added: “I am going to help out in the media cell.”


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