“Right now, everybody is interested in joining Kejriwal. I met him and discussed the AAP manifesto,” Farooqui said. But while Adarsh and Fernandes appear content to become simple members of the new party, Farooqui indicated he would be ready for a bigger role if the AAP so desired.
Farooqui was sacked by the Samajwadi Party as its national secretary in September for his controversial comment that Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was arrested because of being a Muslim.
AAP leader Sanjay Singh, who accompanied Farooqui for the meeting, said the party had definite criteria for those willing to join and that it would be strictly followed. However, he added that Farooqui was a leader of high calibre and his presence in the AAP would definitely help the party.