Mushaira is a moment to lighten up mood and spirit. But that has not been the case with a mushaira proposed to be held at Jamia Millia Islamia on October 22 by Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan.
Actually since the MLA made the announcement, there has been palpable tension in the locality with Asaduddin Owaisi’s members and some activists opposing tooth and nail, claiming that this is not the right time.
Their argument is that holding a mushaira at a time when Jamia Nagar, a deprived locality of Delhi, is reeling under vector-borne diseases, including dengue and chikungunya, is being insensitive to the pain of residents who have lost their loved one.
A day ago some All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) Okhla members even took out a rally moving around the locality raising anti-Kejriwal slogans and demanding the immediate cancellation of the mushaira. By night time tension spilled over as some activists alleged that they were beaten up by supporters of MLA Khan, an allegation that Amanatullah Khan has denied.
In the attack activist Syed Taseer received injuries and got his nose fractured, said his close associate and an eyewitness to the incident Ali. Another activist Pervez Ahmad was told to stop opposing the mushaira or be ready to face the consequences, said eyewitnesses. OKHLATIMES.COM was unable to verify the claim independently.
People from both the parties camped at the police station till early morning, filing complaints.
That was not the end of the story as AIMIM called an emergency meeting on Monday to lay strategies how to get this mushaira cancelled.
“It is height of insensitive. Just see more than 60 people have died of dengue and these people are holding mushaira. It is like using salt on somebody’s wound. We have decided to protest. As Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is coming to attend the mushaira we will demand him to first announce compensation to victims of dengue and then enjoy the mushaira,” said senior AIMIM leader Irfan Ullah Khan, who quit AAP after being sidelined in the party.
It is reported that AIMIM is going to organise a mega meeting on October 20 to lay out strategies how to go forward under the guidance of highly respectable leader Irfan Ullah Khan.
On the other hand AAP has no plans to postpone the mushaira. “It is being organised in the name of Shaheen Ashfakullah Khan. And we have done a lot for dengue. We did fogging and visited places to make sure that things improve,” said Okhla MLA Khan.
However, the AIMIM members and some activists don’t concur with him, arguing that the party failed in its duty to protect the people from dengue as never before so many people had died of the killer disease. In such a backdrop, it would be interesting to see how things shape up until October 22.