Sabir Ali challenges Naqvi on terror slur
Sabir Ali, the expelled Janata Dal-United leader from Bihar whose membership in the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was cancelled soon after he was inducted owing to protest from within the saffron party, on Sunday dared BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to prove his allegation that he is linked to terror groups.
Ali, a leader from Bihar, said he would hang himself if his connections with terrorists like Indian Mujahideen (IM) chief Yasin Bhatkal could be proved and challenged Naqvi to establish his allegations.
Threatening to sue Naqvi and launch a protest before his house, in a press conference here with his wife, Sabir Ali demanded an apology from Naqvi or face the music.
Under stiff opposition from within, the BJP on Saturday cancelled the new membership of Sabir Ali who has been accused of terror connection by BJP's Muslim leaders like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
While the BJP was split over the joining of Sabir Ali the latter said he is open to any probe by independent agencies and would come out clean on allegations of his terror links.
He also said that his membership in BJP can be on hold till his name is cleared. RSS, the idelogoical patron of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), was also not happy with his joining, reports said.
After Ali joined BJP, apparently with the blessings of Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, in a rebellion of sort, BJP leaders like Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi alleged his connection with terror outfit Indian Mujahideen leader Yasin Bhatkal.
Sabir Ali, however, challenged to prove his connection with Bhatkal and said he will quit politics if the charges are proven. He said he would not name the BJP leaders he met before joining the party.
Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who had tweeted that perhaps underworld don Dawood Ibrahim is the next to join after Sabir Ali, has now deleted his tweet.
Naqvi strongly expressed his unhappiness over his induction in the party and said underworld don 'Dawood Ibrahim' might even join the party.
Not naming Ali, Naqvi said he is a 'friend' of Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal.
Naqvi tweeted: "Terrorist Bhatakal friend join BJP...soon accepting dawood."
The JD-U on Monday expelled party leader and Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali for praising Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)'s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, media reports said.
According to reports, Ali had praised the policies of Modi.
(Posted on 30-03-2014)