Aurangabad: While it will not be fair to conclude anything in the absence of any concret work on ground, Dalits in Aurangabad have already recognised All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) MLA Imtiyaz Jaleel as the "Best MLA" this Marathwada city ever had.
Imtiyaz Jaleel - a former journalist working for a leading TV channel had joined politics just before the 2014 state polls and won the election as AIMIM candidate.
To acknowledge what it called his "outstanding performance", a city based NGO Nayodya Dnyan prasarak Mandal has honoured Imtiyaz Jaleel on Monday at a function attended by Dalit and Muslim activists in a large number.
Stating that receiving acknowledgment from "Dalit brothers" is very special for him, Imtiyaz Jaleel while speaking to ummid.com said, "The AIMIM is committed to working for the entire constituency irrespective of their caste and creed."
Interestingly, the function by the Dalit NGO was organised about a week after the AIMIM lost the by-polls held to elect municipal corporators and the party members was facing flak for 'non performance'.
Aurangabad, the historic city in Marathwada region of Maharashtra has been represented in the past by Dr. Rafiq Zakaria. The Congress stalwart and scholar, known as the architect of modern Aurangabad, Zakaria contested the first election of the newly-created Maharashtra state in 1962 from the city and was elected to the Maharashtra assembly.
He was made Minister for Urban Development in the new ministry. It was under his guidance that planning for New Aurangabad was initiated. The responsibility for the new city was given to CIDCO which started development in the 1970s.
Meanwhile, critics are advising Imtiyaz Jaleel and the AIMIM to concentrate on public welfare instead of receiving awards.
"Awards don't make someone the best. It is a leader's work that should speak", Abdul Hai, a social activist, said.