Published On: Mon, Mar 31st, 2014


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Hours after the BJP cancelled the membership of expelled JD(U) leader Sabir Ali, the leader said he would file a  case against BJP’s Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who had claimed that Ali had links with Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal. Ali said, “I am in touch with reality. I will file a defamation case against Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.”

The membership was cancelled following pressure from the party leaders and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the decision on Sabir Ali was taken by party President Rajnath Singh. Reacting to the cancellation of his membership, Ali said that he will take the legal route. “I have faith in my voters. I know where to go. I don’t feel insulted.”

The embarrassment for the BJP a day after Naqvi tweeted saying . “Terrorist Bhatkal friend joins BJP. Soon accepting Dawood,” Naqvi tweeted.

“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.

Naqvi had later deleted his tweet. However, he said that his stand on Sabir Ali remains the same, but he deleted the tweet due to reference to Dawood .

BJP leader Vinay Katiyar also spoke out against Ali’s induction, accusing the party of taking such a decision in a hurry and warning the party that this will tarnish its image. “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.

RSS too has expressed displeasure. RSS leader Ram Madhav 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.”

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