It was a gathering of Muslim intellectuals — editors, journalists, professors, writers, former bureaucrats and tall community leaders — to seek the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) stand on several issues related to the community.
The small yet influential group had gathered on Monday at Jamia Nagar Tikona Park to meet Raj Mohan Gandhi, the AAP’s East Delhi candidate and Prof Anand Kumar, the northeast Delhi candidate. The motley group included someone who had been jailed during the Emergency while yet another who has been working for the community for years.
Suhail Siddiqi, one of the participants, asked why the Muslim community should vote for AAP. Another speaker commented, “The AAP’s 49-day tenure at Delhi included ad-hoc decisions and most were taken in hurry.”
Gandhi, accompanied by his wife Usha, said, “It is the Almighty who is giving me strength to shoulder this responsibility. Kejriwal has already said, for us, communalism is a greater danger than corruption. We need to fight against corruption together.”
He quoted Kejriwal’s Gujarat visit and also promised to look after and resolve local infrastructure issues. Later, Prof Anand too interacted with the group. The gathering included Azim Akhtar, Firoz Bakht Ahmed and Professor Zubeda Habib among others.