Sabir Ali threatens defamation suit against Naqvi after BJP expels him

A visibly miffed Ali threatened to file a defamation case against party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and challenged him to a debate soon after.

Earlier on Saturday, Ali had asked the BJP central leadership to put his membership on hold till the allegation against him, claiming his links with the terrorist Yasin Bhatkal, is cleared. On Friday, Ali was inducted in the party but soon his association with the BJP turned bitter after a senior party leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi expressed strong opposition over his entry in to the party. His association with the party was seen as a political move to win over Muslims, but later it turned into a ‘self goal’ after Naqvi alleged that Ali had links with Bhatkal.

‘I have written a letter to the BJP general secretary 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 said, while adding, ‘I am asking if he has the guts to prove? If not he should quit politics. I am ready to do.’ While Ali challenged Naqvi to prove the allegations, the RSS backed the party vice-president’s opposition against Ali and lodged a protest with Rajnath Singh.

BJP spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi claimed that his induction was done on the recommendation of Bihar unit of the party and ‘further action’ in the matter will be taken after ‘verifying all facts and antecedents’ of Ali.
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