Responding to the allegations, Ali said that he will quit politics if the allegations made against him are proved correct. JPN (Agencies)
This comes after BJP leaders Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Vinay Katiyar accused Ali of being close to Indian Mujahideen terrorist Yasin Bhatkal.
"If anyone finds a connection between me and Bhatkal I will quit politics. People who make such allegations must take some moral responsibility. I know my credentials and they are strong," Ali said
"I have written a letter to Dharmendra Pradhan to keep my membership on hold. I have also asked him to form a committee in this regard and enquire into my case on the basis of these allegations," he added.
Ali further challenged Naqvi to prove the allegations.
"I am asking if he has the guts to prove. If not he should quit politics. I am ready to do," he said.
Naqvi had on Friday made an angry outburst against induction of Ali whom he called a ‘friend’ of Bhatkal and mocked that Dawood Ibrahim could be the next entrant.
Naqvi had termed Ali's entry into the BJP as a ‘mistake’ and demanded its reversal.
"Terrorist Bhatkal friend joins BJP...soon accepting Dawood...," Naqvi had tweeted.
Katiyar also spoke out against Ali's induction, accusing the party of taking the decision in a hurry.
“Yasin Bhatkal was nabbed in the same area where Sabir Ali comes from. Bhatkal is a co-accused with Dawood in a murder case. There was no need to induct such a person into the party. This will damage the BJP's image," Katiyar said.
BJP spokesman Sudhanshu Trivedi had said the induction was done on the recommendation of Bihar unit of the party and ‘further action’ in the matter will be taken after ‘verifying all facts and antecedents’ of Ali.
The RSS also opposed Ali's entry and lodged a protest with
BJP chief Rajnath Singh.
Responding to the allegations, Ali said that he will quit politics if the allegations made against him are proved correct.