Ex-SP leader Kamal Farooqui to decide today on joining AAP

LucknowFormer SP leader Kamal Farooqui at Arvind Kejriwal’s residence at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad, Sunday. Gajendra yadav

Hinting at joining the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), expelled SP leader Kamal Farooqui on Sunday met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and said "everybody is interested" in joining the nascent party.

Farooqui, sacked by SP as its secretary in September after his comment that Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal was arrested because of being a Muslim, said he would announce his decision on joining AAP on Monday.

"We met Kejriwal and congratulated him for becoming Delhi's Chief Minister," Farooqui told reporters here after meeting the AAP chief. On being asked whether he was going to join AAP, Farooqui said he "would let you (reporters) know tomorrow".

"Right now, everybody is interested in joining Kejriwal," he said. "I have met Kejriwal and discussed about the manifesto" Farooqui said after the meeting. Confirming the development, AAP leader Sanjay Singh said discussions about "Farooqui joining the party is on". Singh said that there are several good people in political parties, and "we appeal them to join Aam Aadmi Party".

"For Lok Sabha elections, we will need good leaders working with other political parties... As Kejriwal has already invited such good persons, we again appeal them to join us and help us throw corrupt people from Indian politics," Singh told reporters.

The AAP leader criticised Akhilesh Yadav-led SP government for "demolishing few relief camps" meant for riots victims of Muzaffarnagar and Shamli.

"UP government should compensate victims and do something for them," Singh added. According to sources, AAP is mulling contesting all seats in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

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