After the Pramod Muthalik incident, BJP is facing another embarrassing situation over accepting JD(U) Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali. BJP senior muslim leader, party vice president Muqtar Abbas Naqvi expressed serious displeasure and tweeted “Terrorist Bhatkal friend joins BJP…soon accepting Dawood.” There have been several allegations about Sabir’s links with organizations like Indian Mujahideen.
RSS too expressed displeasure over the induction. Senior RSS leader Ram Madhav has tweeted “Sabir Ali’s induction has caused great resentment. Party leadership has been apprised of the strong views of the cadre and people against it.”
BJP senior leader, firebrand politician Vinay Katiyar too echoed Naqvi’s feelings, “Yasin Bhatkal was nabbed in the same area where Sabir Ali comes from. Bhatkal is a co-accused with Dawood in a murder case. There was no need to induct such a person into the party. This will damage the BJP’s image,” Katiyar said.
The man who caused the infighting, Sabir Ali refuted all the allegations, “If anyone finds a connection between me and Bhatkal I will quit politics. People who make such allegations must take some moral responsibility. I know my credentials and they are strong,” Ali said.
There have been several allegations about Sabir’s links with organizations like Indian Mujahideen. Naqvi has said that BJP should reconsider it’s decision. “I am a dedicated member of the BJP. We should rectify mistakes that the party has made. Our fight is against terrorism and anyone who is involved in any terrorist activities should not become a part of the BJP. It will lead to problems in the future,” he later said.
Will BJP reconsider it’s decision, will a repeat of Muthalik incident help BJP at this stage?