Induction of expelled JD(U) leader Sabir Ali on Friday triggered angry protest within BJP, with senior leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi terming him as a "friend" of Indian Mujahideen chief Yasin Bhatkal and mocking that Dawood Ibrahim could be the next entrant.
"Terrorist Bhatakal friend join BJP...soon accepting dawood.........," Naqvi tweeted, hours after Ali was inducted into the party with much fanfare as it was seen as a boost to the BJP's attempts to attract Muslims.
Naqvi, a muslim face and Vice President of the party, said he will convey his protest to the BJP leadership.
Justifying his opposition to the induction, he alleged that Bhatkal was arrested from Ali's Mumbai residence some time ago.
He also alleged that Ali's name had figured in the murder case of noted music magnate Gulshan Kumar.
The fresh controversy comes days after the one over induction of Sri Ram Sene chief Pramod Muthalik in Karnataka. The entry was scrapped within hours after strong criticism from both within and outside the party as Muthalik had been involved in attack on women in pubs few years back.
With agency inputs