The newly formed Welfare Party of India (WPI) has applied for registration with the Election Commission office, claimed its general secretary Qasim Rasool Ilyas, who earlier had supported Congress candidate in the previously held Delhi Assembly election. It is expected that the EC will give its decision in two months time. After being launched on April 17, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JEIH) backed party that till now was running without any proper office is about to move to a new rented building in Sarita Vihar. Well informed sources said the party that claims to be representing the cause of the poor has hired an office space on a rent of Rs 30,000 per month.
Ilyas, a JEIH member, said: “We are positive that the party will get registration as it has succeeded in getting 100 members.” It is understood that many JEIH office employees have also been made members to complete 100 members EC requirement. Also, the party has decided to unleash an aggressive membership drive across India. An insider said strategies are being laid down how to achieve the target. JEIH cadres in South India, who were at the forefront of launching the political party, have assured the Welfare Party leadership that they will get in a large number of members in the coming months, claimed a source.
However, JEIH had attracted controversy in the South and India where it supported the Godless Communists in the recently held Assembly elections. JEIH ally a hard-core Leftist VS Achuthanandan failed to retain power in his state. It would be interesting to see how the WPI that is headed by two political novices: Party president Mujtaba Farooq and Ilyas manage the show.
The formation of the party has already split the JEIH in two camps. An insider said on the condition of anonymity: “A handful of people have dragged the religious JEIH towards a suicidal path.” In private many JEIH senior leaders are opposed to the political party, but in public they have not aired their difference as JEIH is a highly disciplined religious party. But dissension is brewing in the Abul Fazal Enclave-headquartered religious party with the South and North divide visible.