Salman Nizami, man PM Modi took on: Joined Congress three years ago, but a small fry for PM to attack

“I don’t know why the Prime Minister would attack me. I am a nobody. I joined politics, and the Congress, only three years ago,” Nizami told The Sunday Express. 

Written by Muzamil Jaleel , Arun Sharma | New Delhi/jammu | Updated: December 10, 2017 12:45 pm
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On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi lashed out at Salman Nizami at a campaign rally for allegedly saying that “Modi should answer who his father and mother is”, among other disparaging remarks, and the Congress distanced itself from him, saying that he is not a member of the party, the former journalist from Kashmir said that he joined the Congress in 2014 and belongs to a known Congress family in Banihal, in J&K’s Ramban district. He also said that he has “never said anything anti-national — ever”.

“I don’t know why the Prime Minister would attack me. I am a nobody. I joined politics, and the Congress, only three years ago,” told The Sunday Express.  About Modi’s remark that Nizami “says he wants Azaad Kashmir”, the 34-year-old said, “There is nothing I have written as a journalist, or said as a politician, that can be remotely termed anti-national. I am a third-generation Congressman, and in J&K no one can be more Indian nationalist than the Congress.”

Claiming that four members of his extended family have been killed by militants, Nizami said, “My grandfather’s brother, Akhtar Nizami, was a well-known Congress politician who was elected MLA from Banihal and Ramban”.
At a rally today, Modi, quoting from posts purportedly tweeted by Nizami earlier, said, “There is one Congress youth leader called Salman Nizami, who is campaigning for Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat. He said on Twitter that Rahul Gandhi’s father (Rajiv Gandhi) and grandmother (Indira Gandhi) had sacrificed their lives, while his great grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) was a freedom fighter…. Then he (Nizami) went on to ask that Modi should answer who is his father and mother…. Do we use this language in public discourse?”

Nizami said there are five or six fake Twitter accounts set up with his name. “I have no control over that,’’ he said. “A few years ago my own account was hacked and I filed a police complaint against that at Jammu in 2015”.
He also said, “I have been in Gujarat for two weeks but I am not some important and big leader of Congress. Many top leaders in Congress don’t even know me or about me.”

Nizami left Gujarat soon after Modi lashed out against him today. “I am in Delhi,’’ he said.  In Jammu, the SHO of Nowabad, Neeraj Bhagat, said that Nizami is wanted by the state police for allegedly duping some people on false promises of getting state government jobs. He said an FIR under Section 420 Ranbir Penal Code was registered on a complaint from the National Rural Health Mission in 2015 of allegedly duping people.

Bhagat said that about three months ago a police team was sent to Banihal to apprehend Nizami but he could not be found. The police, he added, are looking for him. Sitting Congress MLA from Banihal, Viqar Rasool, meanwhile denied having ever seen Nizami in any party activity or function in the constituency.

Coming from Kharpora locality of Banihal town, on Jammu-Srinagar national highway, Nizami is the elder of Rubina Begum’s two children. His father Mohammad Imtiaz Nizami, who married Rubina after his first wife’s death, ran a small shop in Banihal town until a few years ago, when he closed it after losing vision in both eyes. Rubina works an anganwari worker, and her daughter is married and lives in Kishtwar. After graduating in mass communication, Salman Nizami worked as a journalist with a local news channel, and thereafter with a newspaper in Jammu.
Nizami later left Banihal and moved to Delhi.

What PM Modi said:

“There is one Congress youth leader called Salman Nizami, who is campaigning for Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat. He said on Twitter that Rahul Gandhi’s father (Rajiv Gandhi) and grandmother (Indira Gandhi) had sacrificed their lives, while his great grandfather (Jawaharlal Nehru) was a freedom fighter. Okay, very good, we do not have a problem with that. Then he (Nizami) went on to ask that Modi should answer who is his father and mother…. Do we use this language in public discourse? Do we ask such things, this Salman Nizami is their star campaigner?

“What else has he tweeted? He is from Kashmir and he says he wants Azaad Kashmir. He called Indian armed forces rapists…. That person has further said in his tweets that ‘ghar ghar se Afzal niklega’… Do you want Afzal in every home?”

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  1. sahil khan
    Dec 10, 2017 at 6:25 pm
    Along with the fic ious vikas its creator has also gone mad
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      Ishrat Jahan
      Dec 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm
      modi needs content, vikas can never be an agenda as it does not even work in US, its all about punches subsidies and reservations. Vikas would be too easy compare amethi with gujrat
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      1. Naba Kumar Sinha Roy
        Dec 10, 2017 at 1:38 pm
        All the criminals from the every corner of our society is an active member of Indian National Congress since 1885.
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          Prakash
          Dec 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm
          Why the PM is attacking you, Mr. Nizami ? Now, listen to the reply. Copy to Congress. It was intended to highlight the fact of the company Congress is keeping. The anti-national streak runs through the Congress veins. The other day, Mani Shankar Iyer had a secret meeting with Mr. Kasuri and Pak diplomatic persons at his residence in the company of the traiter ex-VP Ansari, the ex-PM Manmohan Singh etc. The next day, Iyer spit venom at the Honorable PM Modiji. The very next moment he advocates talks with Pakistan. Now, we hear about you, your commendable credentials as an anti-India, pro-terrorist tweets and posts. You were campaigning for Congress in Gujarat. You had photographed yourself with the eminent Congress leaders like your introducer Ghulam Nabi Azad, Pappu aka Pidi, MMS, Scindhia, etc. Remember the visit of Iyer to Pak in 2015 and his exhortation to the terror sympathisers there to help him and Congress remove Modiji from power so that they could relations.
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            ah
            Dec 10, 2017 at 10:39 am
            MODI is so HAPPY that everybody is INSULTING him ......... LOL ......... he becomes MAHATMA first and then says I was insulted ..... ha ha h ah ah ........ Gujjubhai are not so stupid ............. Mahatama Modi first proclaims he was insulted by aNOBODY live on TV among billions and then says Gujurat will avange ...... ha ha ha ................ and also he is not WORRIED about insults, then why WASTE Gujarati time on TV and Campaign??? BTW he is not HURT when Gandhiji is called Chatur Baniya or Agent of Britishers or when Godse worshipper mark Sauya Diwas on the Death Anniversary of Gandhiji ........................................... BUT he is INSULTED when he is called NICH .......LOL............................................... if you clkiam to be SON OF GUJARAT Gandhi is called FAther of Nation .................. apni awkaat samjo aur apne Godse waale Bhaiyo ko bolo Awkaat may raho ........................
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