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Sunday , June 22 , 2014
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Ali nourishes BJP re-entry

New Delhi, June 21: Former Rajya Sabha MP Sabir Ali is still nurturing an ambition to join the BJP, which had shown him the door before the general election.

Ali, seeking re-entry to the Rajya Sabha as an Independent, lost the bypoll on Thursday.

Launching a scathing attack on Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad for joining hands to defeat him, Ali, who was in the JDU till a few months ago, said people of Bihar would not forgive the two leaders for having “stooped to such a level”. Sending feelers to the BJP, he however, was all praise for the “strong leadership” the country has chosen for itself.

“I was ditched by both of them but I will emerge stronger and remain committed to the cause of public service. In the next Assembly elections in Bihar, both the JDU and RJD will be routed,” Ali told reporters at his sprawling bungalow, which he has to vacate after losing the by-election.

The JDU candidates — Pavan Verma and Ghulam Rasool Balyavi — were elected from the state for the two Rajya Sabha seats despite rebellion within the party. The BJP supported the two Independent candidates — Ali and Anil Sharma.

Ali also felt that the BJP had backed him in the election meant that the party wanted him under its wings. “Lots of people from the minority communities are realising that some parties have only used them as vote banks in the name of secularism. The country needs change and able and strong leadership is what the country has mandated for,” said Ali.

He had joined the party just ahead of the Lok Sabha elections but was shown the door when senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objected to his inclusion citing his reported proximity with terrorists and underworld dons.