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Digvijaya Singh demands that BJP refute Zakir Naik's bribe allegations if untrue

Digvijaya Singh said there might be truth in Zakir Naik's claim that the Centre had promised a safe passage to India if he came out in support of the August 5 decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution

January 15, 2020 / 03:59 PM IST

Senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh has asked the Bharatiya Janata Party to officially junk fugitive Zakir Naik's allegations that the Centre bribed him to express support for the decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) of its 'special status'.

Singh shared a video of Naik, who on January 11 claimed that the Centre promised him safe passage to India if he supported the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

The article provides special status to J&K. It was revoked on August 5, 2019. Naik is wanted by authorities for alleged money laundering and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He fled to Malaysia in 2016.

Taking to Twitter, Singh accused the ruling party of "defaming people with false allegations".

Attacking Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah on January 15, Singh asked the BJP bigwigs to legally and officially refute the allegations levelled by the controversial preacher.

He went on to say that no response from the party would be a clear indication that Naik’s allegations are true. In the tweet written in Hindi, Singh first accused the saffron party of first threatening, then luring, and finally defaming individuals who do not come under their sway.

In the video Sigh attached with his tweet, Naik can be heard saying that a few months ago, officials from the Indian embassy approached him on behalf of PM Modi. He also said that the representatives asked him to help the government better their relationship with other Muslim countries.

Naik alleged that he was requested to support BJP’s decision to revoke Article 370 and strip J&K of its special status.

"I, however, refused to extend any support since revoking the Article was unconstitutional," Naik had said in the video.
Jagyaseni Biswas
first published: Jan 15, 2020 03:54 pm

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