Jamaat-e-Islami Hind backed Welfare Party launched
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Okhla Times News Service
More than one thousand die-hard followers of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JEIH) from across India turned up at the Malwankar Hall in New Delhi to back their leaders at the launch of a “value based” Welfare Party of India (WPI). The launch event was a successful one with many Jamaat leaders including the recently reelected president of JEIH, internationally-famed Islamic scholar Jalaluddin Ansar Umri, also taking part in the much-talked about party launch. Others present on the occasion included Tej Singh of Ambedkar Movement, Muhammad Sulaiman of National League, former MP Ilyas Asmi and Akilendhar Paswan.
From 10 A.M. to 3 P.M several religious leaders, social activists and politicians addressed the gathering at Malwankar Hall that was chock-a-block.
In the April 17 meet held at the Constitution Club, some 150 important party members elected Mujtaba Farooq first party president. Qasim Rasool Ilyas was made general secretary. Both the top office bearers of WPI are Jamaat members and from Maharshtra. Farooq is a realtor and runs a Urdu daily from his hometown. Illyas edits a Urdu monthly magazine Afkar-e-Milli. Also, he is head of the defunct media monitoring cell of JEIH that was founded in 1996 by a JNU alumnus. Since Illyas joined the cell he made it nonfunctional by not allowing his juniors to work freely, according to an insider, who doesn't want to be named for fear of action.
At the press meet held at Press Club around 3 P.M, party president Farooq patiently handled questions from reporters who in great numbers had assemble there. He showed a high level of maturity that is rarely found in greenhorn. Most of them were curious to know only one thing: Why a Muslim party when a handful of them already existed? Even participants, including some Jamaat members, were also curious to find out the reason behind the formation of a new Muslim party. The new president made an all-out effort to convince the gathering by saying that there was a need for a value based party on India level as none existed. However, it is not known how many were convinced.
Ghazanfar-ul –Islam, who was assigned the task to take care of the visitors, said: “The launch was a successful one. The party has a bright future.” Matar Biryani prepared in the Jamaat kitchen in Abul Fazal Enclave was also distributed to the delegates. Islam said: “A packet of 250 gram Biryani was handed over to all participants at lunch time.”
Some ten people were at the reception to receive the delegates and participants. Md Minhaj, who was also at the reception, was happy with the turn of event. Pamphlets and WP’s constitution was distributed among participants at Ambedkar Bhawan. Many WPI supporters left for the day convinced that the dawn of a new era has begun and the party would solve all Muslim problems. Those who came from far away Kearala, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra stayed till night.
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