Welcoming the leaders, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said, “Muslims have been treated as bonded and used as vote bank by the Congress. They should ask the Congress what they have given to them in the past 55 years of its rule since Independence. Except for Professor Gopal Singh report in 1981 and the Justice Sachar Committee report in 2007, they have given nothing to Muslims.”
Holding the Congress party responsible for the backwardness of the Muslim community,
Kejriwal said that Muslims are living in fear despite trusting the Congress for so long.
“They are jailed on terror charges, but when they are freed by the courts after being declared innocent then no one comes to give them job so that they could begin their lives,” he said.
Mr Kejriwal said that both BJP and Congress were treating Hindus and Muslims as their vote banks. Mr Khan, an alumnus of Aligarh Muslim University, is a social worker and is likely to be declared as AAP candidate from the Okhla constituency. Mr Bakht is a teacher and also works for heritage awareness.
Besides, Shakeel Malik, member of All India Minority Committee of Janata Dal (United), a number of other alumni from AMU and Jamia joined the AAP.