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Naqvi drops quit threat

New Delhi, March 28: BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has slammed former JD(U) leader Sabir Ali’s entry into the party.

Shortly after Sabir joined the BJP, Naqvi tweeted: “Terrorist Bhatakal friend join BJP...soon accepting dawood.” He corroborated it by saying: “Yes what I said is correct. Bhatkal was arrested in Ali’s Mumbai house. Ali is also a co-accused with Dawood in Gulshan Kumar’s murder.” He refused to take questions or elaborate on his charges.

Ali was also accused with two-dozen others in the murder of T-series founder Gulshan Kumar in a Mumbai suburb in August 1997.

The prime accused was music composer Nadeem, of the famed Nadeem Shravan duo. Most of the accused, including Ali, were acquitted in 2002.

Ali first joined Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP and then quit it to join the JD(U). BJP sources said he would be used to campaign for Modi in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh but added “nothing” by way of a perk or privilege was promised to him.

But following Naqvi’s tweet, pressure seemed to be mounting on BJP president Rajnath Singh to throw out Ali. Naqvi has reportedly conveyed in no uncertain terms either he stays in the BJP or Ali does. Ali was such a “priceless acquisition”, he would be happy to quit the BJP, Naqvi has said. The Bihar BJP, too, has signalled central leaders it does not want Ali because of his alleged association with the IM.