Anna movement: In Delhi it is Okhla MLA Khan Vs Bukhari
OT, December 29, 2011 12:25 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Kalindi Kunj
Since activist Anna Hazare unleashed his movement against corruption there has been talk of Muslim representations. Initially Anna’s team members tried their best to rope in known Muslim faces and organizations. In their pursuit to accomplish the task, a few known Anna team members had even turned up at Jamaat-E-Islami Hind (JEIH) headquarters in Abul Fazal Enclave a few months ago. They had even approached Shahi Imam Syed Ahmad Bukhari and others.
But many Muslim organizations, intellectuals and leaders have been watching the movement unfold with trepidation. Though they support the movement against corruption, many have abstained from sharing the anti-graft platform on the ground that it is being backed by the RSS.
However, this has not stopped RJD Okhla MLA Asif Mohammed Khan from sharing the podium with Anna and his team. In August, he even declared that he has resigned from his party to join the movement. For a day or two he grabbed headlines with most of the channels interviewing him. Later on it was learned that MLA Khan never resigned from the RJD and even today he continues to visit the office, according to a senior RJD office bearer in New Delhi. All said his move to join Anna had upset Bukhari and other Congress Muslim leaders.
The two leaders are not on good terms since January 2011 when the Delhi Development Authority (DDA) had demolished a mosque in Jangpura claiming that it was illegally built on its land. Following the development, many Muslim leaders including Bukhari, LJP MLA Shoib Iqbal from the Old City and Khan had turned up. Khan, who had visited the place with thousands of his supporters, was not happy with the way the issue was put into cold. In those days he had accused these leaders of shaking hands with the Congress government in Delhi and resolving the controversy.
Since then a tussle is on between a few Muslim leaders in Delhi to prove them to be the real representative of the community and hence for Khan the Anna movement came as an opportunity that he didn’t want to miss at any cost.
On December 27, MLA Khan visited the Ramlila grounds to pledge his support to Team Anna. Khan strongly advocates other Muslims to join the anti-graft movement. His argument is that every practicing Muslim should join hands with Anna as Islam teaches to bring an end corruption. It is not know whether his pro-Anna stand will help him increase his popularity in Delhi and his constituency that still lacks of basic civic facilities.
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