Kejriwal pampers fundamentalist Muslim clerics. The unusual success of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Delhi elections had caused tectonic tremors across the country. especially in the ranks of the BJP brass who were caught napping. No wonder the party paid a high price for not being able to read the tea leaves of AAP narrative and its crafty founder, Kejriwal, who stonewalled the formation of a BJP government in the national capital. The rise and rise of Kejriwal began with his well planned and timely association with the anti- corruption movement of Anna Hazare launched in April 2011, for enacting the Lok Pal Bill. Interestingly neither Anna nor most of his associates, except perhaps to some extent Kiran Bedi, could decipher Kejriwal’s ultra-clever game plan. The clue to the shape of things to come was reflected in Kejri’s meetings with the Imam of Jama Masjid and other Muslim leaders at whose instance in the third week of August, 2011, Bharat Mata’s portrait was suddenly removed from Anna’s stage and replaced with the likeness of Gandhiji. The shrewd implications of this “meaningful” change was neither analysed nor understood either by our unpaid or ‘paid’ media or by the BJP. In this context, the Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid disclosed that Hazare’s team members had also asked him to share the stage with them at Ramlila Maidan but he was not inclined to go there. He claimed to have told Kejri that “if you want to include Muslims in your movement, you will also have to understand their pain and problems, and you would do well to also highlight issues of concern to Muslims,” He further added that the greater evil in the country was communalism which should be addressed first. Additionally, Imam Bukhari told Kejri and his teammates that communal powers were also participating in their campaign due to which it was difficult for Muslims to join them.
Posted on: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:15:01 +0000
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