US NGO puts AAP in a spot: Ad urging Muslim voters to support Kejriwal’s party creates buzz on Facebook

The AAP has denied issuing any such advertisement in any community paper.

Written by Shivani Vig | New Delhi | Updated: February 5, 2014 6:15 pm
An advertisement by a non-profit organisation has appealed Muslim voters to support AAP. An advertisement by a non-profit organisation appealing Muslim voters to support AAP has put the party in a spot.

Arvind Kejriwal’s Aam Aadmi Party, which is already under attack from within and outside, is facing a new quandary from one of its supporters – a non-profit group from US – that has issued an advertisement in a community newspaper appealing the Muslim voters to support the AAP.

PHOTO: AD URGING MUSLIM VOTERS TO SUPPORT AAP

The ad that appeared in the 1-15 February issue of Milli Gazette is doing the rounds on the internet. While the party has denied issuing any such ad on the social media, the advertisement appeared on Milli Gazette’s Facebook page has put the Aam Aadmi Party in a spot.

The ad issued by the Association of Indian Muslims of America reads: “An Appeal to Indian Muslim citizens and voters to support Aam Aadmi Party to remove the ills of: corruption, influence peddling, abuse of religion and caste, money power, denial of justice, police brutality, from the society at large in the country. These ills have resulted from gross abuses by most political parties. The majority of Muslims being deprived people are hurt more than others from these ills. Hence, Muslims in large numbers should support AAP that is comprised of good people, and that is trying to cleanse the national political and governance system. We appeal to all to campaign for AAP, raise funds for them and vote for AAP candidates in the upcoming parliamentary elections.”

Apart from the party symbol ‘Jhaadu’, the ad carries the headshot of AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal along with the relevant contact information including the phone numbers and email ids – urging the minority voters to ‘Join the Revolution’ – a description perhaps taken from AAP’s official website.

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Incidentally, it gives an impression that Kejriwal’s party, through the ad, is trying to woo minority voters, the sort of thing the party had come to eradicate in the first place.

As a result, a lot of people have been fooled by the ad – given the party symbol and description it carried – a few going ahead and criticising the party.

A Facebook user Maitryee Shukla commented on the photo of the ad saying: “Please, no! Not another party appealing on the basis of religion. We had it enough. I have better expectations from AAP. Everyone wants to remove corruption, influence peddling, abuse of religion and caste etc..(sic)”

Another comment by Satya Prakash Sharma questioned AAP for restricting its appeal to the Muslims. “Why the appeal is going to Muslims, it may be appealed to all Indians,” he commented on the photo.

Sudhir Pai, another Facebook user tagged AAP as communal as he wrote: “AAP is communal …. Instead of Muslim … It could have appealed to all Indians …. Shame on u AAP (sic)”

However, the AAP has ruled out issuing any advertisement to seek support from any minority community. When contacted, AAP’s media coordinator Deepak Bajpai said: “The party completely dissociates from any such publicity. We have not issued any ad seeking support from Muslim citizens neither did we authorise any non-profit organisation to publish the advertisement on our behalf.”

This is not the first time that any supporter of a political leader or party has taken his sychphancy to virtual platforms. Recently, a Modi fan had posted a video with a recording of actor Amitabh Bachchan with stills of the Gujarat Chief Minister, putting him in a fix. With Lok Sabha elections drawing closer, political parties and leaders have been putting social media sites to good use to woo voters. But, sometimes a wrong act by their supporters can prove to be a fodder for their rivals!

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    BigB
    Feb 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
    I am not sure AAP cares. After Dharna, they have realized middle cl is not with them. Their turf is now ultra leftist guys which includes Muslims. All middle cl in Delhi hated his Dharna, but he still got 50 plus percent support, coming mainly from the lower cl.
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      BigB
      Feb 5, 2014 at 8:00 pm
      I am not sure AAP cares. After Dharna, they have realized middle cl is not with them. Their turf is now ultra leftist guys which includes Muslims. All middle cl in Delhi hated his Dharna, but he still got 50 plus percent support, coming mainly from the lower cl.
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        BigB
        Feb 5, 2014 at 7:56 pm
        When you visit a mosque after NOT even wishing Happy Makar Sankranti to people, it shows the intent. Guess why the mosque visit came out, because he ended up meeting Kapil Sibal who also was visiting the same mosque.
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          AMI
          Feb 5, 2014 at 10:41 am
          Bravo Keju ! Corruption aur Modi ko ukhad phenko. Hum Tumhare saath hain.
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            AMI
            Feb 5, 2014 at 10:42 am
            Common Keju, You can do it
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              AMI
              Feb 5, 2014 at 10:42 am
              Common Keju, You can do it
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                AMI
                Feb 5, 2014 at 10:42 am
                ONly Keju can do it
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                  Anand Sudan
                  Feb 5, 2014 at 6:23 pm
                  The govt counsel last week informed the Delhi high court, which was hearing a peion seeking probe into AAP's foreign funding , that the AAp was not providing the bank account details related to its foreign funding The reason behind not providing bank account details to the MHA is very much clear.
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                    ankit mrankitanks
                    Feb 5, 2014 at 10:08 am
                    many independents are supporting AAP. Even some muslim groups have recommended its members to shun congress and support AAP this time. This doesnt mean that the party is playing any role in all this.
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                      Asheesh Khajuria
                      Feb 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm
                      You know what guys, our brain is a very funny gadget. No matter what you may claim, our social decisions are more influenced by perceptions rather than logical reasoning.What did you find so wrong in such sought of adver??I find it a positive development..That even the minorities of our country are contributing as much.. Do you actually have any reason to doubt an entire community or you are just sharing something which you saw on a BJP page??
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                        Asheesh Khajuria
                        Feb 5, 2014 at 1:30 pm
                        You know what guys, our brain is a very funny gadget. No matter what you may claim, our social decisions are more influenced by perceptions rather than logical reasoning.What did you find so wrong in such sought of adver??I find it a positive development..That even the minorities of our country are contributing as much.. Do you actually have any reason to doubt an entire community or you are just sharing something which you saw on a BJP page??
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                          true indian
                          Feb 6, 2014 at 10:33 am
                          I donated 900 USD to AAP party,I thought they will do something.. I was wrong.. Cheaters
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                            true indian
                            Feb 6, 2014 at 10:33 am
                            I donated 900 USD to AAP party,I thought they will do something.. I was wrong.. Cheaters
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                              true indian
                              Feb 6, 2014 at 10:34 am
                              Keju fake personality
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                                true indian
                                Feb 6, 2014 at 10:34 am
                                Keju fake personality
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                                  true indian
                                  Feb 6, 2014 at 10:33 am
                                  Keju is behan ka loada
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                                    true indian
                                    Feb 6, 2014 at 10:33 am
                                    Keju is behan ka loada
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                                      true indian
                                      Feb 6, 2014 at 10:34 am
                                      Khujleewaal k maa k ch***
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                                        true indian
                                        Feb 6, 2014 at 10:34 am
                                        Khujleewaal k maa k ch***
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                                          Bakumbai
                                          Feb 6, 2014 at 12:48 pm
                                          Now AAP is proving to be an anti-national group, an 'urban maoists' outfit.
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                                            Brijkhanna
                                            Feb 6, 2014 at 3:02 am
                                            How can Aam Aadmi Party which stands for justice and corruption can put up with this adver from an NGO of Muslims of United States of America. We can legitimately ask Shri Kejriwal how dare he can accept this adver from an NGO funded by Saudi Arabia like all terror outfits of stan are being funded by Saudi Arabia.We have started feeling their ultimate aims and their integrity.
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