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Naqvi opposes Sabir Ali joining BJP; later deletes 'accusing' tweet

Agencies   March 29, 2014
First Published: 11:35 IST(29/3/2014) | Last Updated: 12:47 IST(29/3/2014)

After creating rumblings in the Bharatiya Janata Party over the joining of ex-JD(U) leader Sabir Ali, calling him a friend of Indian Mujahideen leader Yasin Bhatkal, senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Saturday deleted the twitter post which had amplified the issue.

Naqvi on Friday had tweeted saying Sabir Ali had close association with Bhatkal and had drawn a sharp reaction from Sabir Ali.

"Terrorist Bhatkal friend join BJP...soon accepting dawood (underworld don Dawood Ibrahim)," Naqvi wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter a few hours after Ali was inducted into the party with much fanfare.

 Naqvi, a Muslim face and vice-president of the party, said he would convey his protest to the top leadership, which is grappling with controversies over senior leaders such as Sushma Swaraj and Jaswant Singh voicing dissent against the BJP's stand on newcomers.

Read: RSS resents, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi protests Sabir Ali joining BJP


Reacting to the unfolding of event,  RSS leader Ram Madhav on Saturday 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."

Meanwhile, Sabir Ali has denied all allegations and has held his membership to BJP until the allegations are proven wrong.

"We have worked together in the RS (Rajya Sabha). If this allegation by him is proved, then I will quit politics. I do not know anything about this. The one who puts the blame on others must have some ethics. I do not need to clarify more on this," Ali said.

 

Read: Expelled JD(U) MP Sabir Ali joins BJP

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Swaraj has opposed Karnataka leader B Sriramulu's entry into the BJP, making public her aversion against fielding him in the Lok Sabha elections from Bellary for his links with the controversial mining barons, the Reddy brothers.

Similarly, Jaswant has filed his nomination from Barmer in Rajasthan as an independent candidate after the BJP denied him the ticket, which went to ex-Congressman Sonaram Choudhary.

In the latest chapter of dissent, Naqvi alleged Ali's name had figured in the murder case of a Mumbai-based music magnate, according to news agency PTI.

Read: Crisis in BJP: Jaswant hits back, Sushma 'pained' over denial of ticket

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Ali was expelled by Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar's Janata Dal (United) last Monday for praising BJP's prime minister nominee, Narendra Modi. His induction was viewed as a BJP strategy to attract Muslims.

The controversy involving Ali surfaced just five days after Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik was shunted out within hours of his joining the saffron brigade. Muthalik's induction triggered protests as the Sri Rama Sene had attacked a Mangalore pub in 2009.

Read: Why BJP 'displacing' senior leaders if there is 'Modi wave', asks Digvijaya


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