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BJP Muslim face quits party role after Kerala reshuffle

Meanwhile, BJP minority morcha state committee member Syed Thaha Bafaky Thangal resigned from the party and its affiliated organisations, saying that the saffron party was insulting the entire Muslim community.

Written by Shaju Philip | Thiruvananthapuram |
Updated: October 13, 2021 6:15:13 am
Ali Akbar (File)

Indicating growing discontent within the BJP’s state unit after the reshuffle last week, filmmaker-turned party leader Ali Akbar Tuesday quit the party state committee – his decision to resign from “all organisational responsibilities” came close on the suspension of senior party leader A K Nazir.

Meanwhile, BJP minority morcha state committee member Syed Thaha Bafaky Thangal resigned from the party and its affiliated organisations, saying that the saffron party was insulting the entire Muslim community.

Akbar and Nazir were the Muslim faces of BJP in north Kerala, where the community has a significant presence. Nazer was suspended from the party last week after he said the party was collapsing in the state under the present leadership and that elections are only a means of raising funds for the BJP in Kerala.

Akbar said he would continue as an ordinary BJP worker. However, he objected to the sidelining of Nazir, saying he is a Muslim who joined the BJP much before the present crowd. “He is not like me who joined the party five or six years back. He has a long tradition…I can’t speak about Nazir while being a member of the party’s state committee. I am not part of any group in BJP,’’ said Akbar. Akbar justified his decision to quit all the posts in the BJP saying he was not talking for himself but for the Muslims who got the “Sanghi title” years ago.

In Facebook post, Akbar said it is very difficult for the common man to understand the kind of humiliation and abuses being faced by a Muslim, from his own family and community, while working for the BJP, but the political leadership should understand it before making certain decisions.

Akbar has led several attempts to propagate Sangh Parivar narratives among Muslims in North Kerala – he recently announced a film on the Malabar rebellion of 1921 to present the “Hindu side of the rebellion”.

Syed Thaha Bafaky Thangal, who is the grandson of the late IUML leader Syed Abdurahiman Bafaky Thangal, said the BJP had adopted a strategy to market his family name. “I never understood the marketing strategy of BJP using Muslims. The party did not give me due recognition,” he said.

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