New Delhi, 29 March-2014(PTI/IANS/Reuters/ Surabhi Malik) : BJP on Saturday cancelled the membership of former JD(U) leader Sabir Ali, who had joined the party on Friday. For the second time in less than a week, the BJP has cancelled the membership of a new recruit just hours after entry.
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Sabir Ali, controversial leader from Bihar, has been dropped from the party – he was welcomed yesterday. Alleging that he is a sympathizer of Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged mastermind of the terror group Indian Mujahideen, many BJP leaders had opposed his induction.
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Earlier, Sabir Ali had asked the BJP to put his induction on hold following strong objections from within the party and the RSS.
“I have written a letter to Dharmendra Pradhan (BJP general secretary) to keep my membership on hold,” Ali, who was attacked by senior leader Mukhtar Naqvi as terrorist Yasin Bhatkal’s friend that set off a storm over admitting him into the party on Friday, said.
The induction of Ali, who had hopped from LJP to RJD and to JD(U) from which he was expelled for his remarks praising Narendra Modi, provoked Naqvi to make a mocking statement whether Dawood Ibrahim would be the next entrant.
As more leaders including MP Balbir Punj backed Naqvi’s objection, the RSS also joined the criticism, saying Ali’s admission has caused great resentment.
“Sabir Ali’s induction has caused great resentment. Party leadership has been apprised of d strong views of d cadre n people against it,” RSS national spokesperson Ram Madhav tweeted today.
With the tide in the saffron family rising against him, Ali told reporters that he has asked the party general secretary to put his admission on hold but challenged his critics to prove the charge that he was linked to terrorists.
“I have also asked him to form a committee in this regard and enquire into my case on the basis of these allegations. If they find these allegations true even distantly, I will quit politics forever,” he said.
Ali challenged Naqvi to prove the allegations, saying he has not even seen Bhaktal in his dreams, but came to know only through newspapers.
“I am asking if he has the guts to prove? If not he should quit politics. I am ready to do,” he said.
This is the second instance of the BJP cutting a sorry face after it inducted a controversial right wing activist and Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik by the Karnataka unit which threw him out within hours after strong criticism from both within and outside the party.
Muthalik’s Sene activists were involved in attack on women in pubs in Mangalore a few years ago after which he was also jailed. Now he has taken a vow to avenge his humiliation at the hands of BJP in the current elections.
Mr Ali now has the distinction of exiting two parties in a fortnight. He joined the BJP after being sacked from the Janata Dal (United) in Bihar after he publicly praised the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate,Narendra Modi – payback for not being re-nominated by the JD(U) to the Rajya Sabha.
The BJP faced huge pushback a few weeks ago from Sushma Swaraj who lobbied publicly and unsuccessfully against its move to induct B Sriramulu, linked to illegal mining and corruption scandals in Karnataka.
(With inputs from PTI/IANS/Reuters/ Surabhi Malik)