Jamaat’s WPI pins hope on Ittehad Front candidate Mohd Monis to open its account in OKhla.
The Welfare Party of India was floated a few years ago with an aim to provide leadership to the Muslim and other deprived. However, even after years the WPI headquartered in Abul Fazal Enclave a few metres from Jamaat-e-Islami (Hind) with which it is associated, the party has failed to have any local impact.
This year the party is pinning hope on 57-year-old Mohd Monis Amad, who is WPI candidate, fielded by Ittehad Front from ward number 102s Abul Fazal Enclave. Several Muslim organizations have formed an alliance in this upcoming MCD election with the hope to consolidate their positions.
Though not a very popular figure in Jamia Nagar, Mohd Monis, a contractor by profession, contested election in 2007 and was the runner-up. He didn’t contest
When asked how he succeeded in getting that much of vote, Monis, basically from Azamgarh who has been living in Okhla since 1977, told OT.COM that he too has no answer.
“During my tenure as general secretary of Ideal Welfare society Shaheen Bagh, I wrote several letters then to UP Chief Minister for donation of land for a graveyard in the locality. I studied in Jamia School up to 12th class. And got enrolled in engineering course but anyhow was unable to complete my course. Later on I started working as contractor. Most buildings in Jamaat have been constructed by me,” he said.
Unlike other candidates, it is hard to find banners and posters of Monis in the locality as he believes in different types of canvassing. He said being a WPI candidate he has started door-to-door campaign in the locality.
Though the decision to field Monis was taken late, chances are that in coming days he would try to cover the lost ground. It would be interesting to see whether he helps WPI open its account in Okhla, a Muslim-dominated locality.