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When a Muslim ‘leader’ tried to grab Erdagon’s attention in jam-packed Jamia auditorium

It was a special event held at Jamia Millia Islamia to honour Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for “his contribution to strengthen international cooperation, peace and diplomacy as well as for his extraordinary humanitarian aid to millions of refugees” during his two-day visit to India.

The Dr Ansari Auditorium was jam-packed with students, senior faculty members and other foreign dignitaries. Among the crowd not very far from the dais was seated Tasleem Rehmani, who in his timeline claims himself to be former national secretary of Welfare Party of India. The WPI was floated by Jamaat-E-Islami (Hindi).

Seen on TV debates, Rehmani was seated patiently until Erdoğan finished his speech in Turkish, said sources, adding that once the President wrapped his speech and Jamia vice chancellor and other officials stood up to receive him, Rehmani was seen making some points.

Later on, Rehmani wrote this on his timeline sharing a video too with only 215 views till the filing of the report: “Please watch last one minute of this clip I tried to express feelings of Indian Muslims to the President of Turkey and express our solidarity to him and people of Turkey.”

His gesture solicited mixed reactions. Everything happened so suddenly that many were unable to understand but the question is who made Rehmani the representative of Indian Muslims, said a journalist who was also in the auditorium, requesting not to be quoted.

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