With the RSS ranks up in arms over expelled JD(U) leader Sabir Ali’s induction into the BJP, the saffron party Saturday annulled the induction even as it issued a veiled caution to party vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi over going public with his objections against the move.
“BJP president Rajnath Singh has decided that the membership of Sabir Ali stands annulled,” senior party leader Ravi Shankar Prasad announced here.
Hinting at Singh’s displeasure over Naqvi’s public disapproval, Prasad said, “Taking note of some comments of BJP leaders coming out in public domain, Rajnath Singh has also asked partymen to air their views on party decisions at the party forum only.”
Sensing the party leadership’s mood, Naqvi Saturday deleted his post from Twitter, which had read: “Terrorist Bhatkal friend joins BJP…soon accepting Dawood…”
Though Naqvi stepped back from his belligerent position, the BJP leadership was left with little choice with the RSS expressing displeasure over Ali’s induction.
“Sabir Ali induction has caused great resentment. Party leadership has been apprised of the strong views of the cadre against it,” RSS leader Ram Madhav tweeted.
RSS ideologue S Gurumurthy termed the move as “perversity”. BJP joint general secretary (organisation) V Satish too advocated the need for “course correction”.
In a bid to salvage the position, Ali sought to provide an alternative to the BJP by telling the party to hold back his induction. “I have written a letter…to keep my membership on hold,” he said. He also said he will file a defamation suit against Naqvi.