New Delhi: Amid growing dissidence over Sabir Ali’s induction into its ranks, the BJP on today cancelled the membership of the expelled JD(U) leader. Addressing a press conference, BJP’s deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Ravi Shankar Prasad said that party president Rajnath Singh has decided to annul Ali’s one-day-old membership.
He also announced passing a resolution that directs BJP members to discuss matters related to induction in internal forums only. Senior BJP leaders were unhappy with senior BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for expressing his dissent regarding Ali’s induction on social media.
Sabir Ali had earlier urged the Bihar BJP unit to put his membership on hold. The Rajya Sabha MP had also offered to quit politics forever if it was proved that he has any connection with terrorist Yasin Bhatkal as alleged by Naqvi.
I have written a letter to Dharmendra Pradhan to keep my membership on hold. 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,” Ali had said reporters here.
Ali, who had hopped from LJP to RJD and to JD(U) from which he was expelled for his remarks praising Narendra Modi, challenged Naqvi to prove the allegations, saying he has not even seen Bhaktal in his dreams, but came to know only through newspapers.
On Friday, BJP leader Naqvi, while referring to Sabir Ali, had tweeted: “Terrorist Bhatakal friend join BJP.soon accepting Dawood. Naqvi has deleted the controversial tweet. There have been allegations on social media that Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yaseen Bhatkal was arrested from Sabir Ali’s house. Police or the Home Ministry has, however, not given any such information officially.
The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on Saturday backed Naqvi’s dissent. Taking to microblogging website Twitter, RSS leader Ram Madhav on Saturday tweeted: