Tribune News Service
New Delhi, October 25
Opposition Congress and Rahul Gandhi, who is also under attack from the BJP for “criticising the abrogation of Article 370”, is also being accused by the BJP of forming a “radical syndicate” along with the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Popular Front of India (PFI) and supporting extremism in the country.
The saffron party is also asking the Congress allies, RJD’s Tejashwi Yadav in poll-bound Bihar and Shiv Sena in Maharashtra, if they, too, are part of the “anti-national” arrangement.
Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and party’s recently acquired Kerala leader Tom Vadakkan on Sunday claimed that the Congress had entered into an understanding with the Welfare Party, a political outfit of the Jamaat-e-Islami, and with the PFI.
“For the greed of power, Congress has formed this ‘radical syndicate’ to support radicalism in the country. We want to ask Tejashwi Yadav whether along with Congress, his party (RJD) has also made an understanding with the Jamaat-e-Islami and other radical elements in Bihar. These are questions of national security, not politics,” Naqvi said, adding that the Sena, which had formed a government in Maharashtra in alliance with the Congress, should also answer similar questions.
Vadakkan claimed that when Rahul Gandhi was contesting the 2019 general elections from Wayanad in Kerala, people across the country were shocked to see more flags of the Jamaat-e-Islami than of his party in the political rallies there.
Naqvi also alleged the Congress leader never missed a chance to meet the families of the PFI members and those who were arrested by police for involvement in anti-national activities in an apparent reference to his recent meeting with the wife of a journalist from the state, who was arrested while on his way to Hathras, to meet the family of the Dalit woman who died last month after being allegedly raped by four upper-caste men.
The journalist, Siddique Kappan, is alleged to have links with the PFI.
Political group Jamaat-e-Islami has been banned by the Centre under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act while the PFI is an alleged radical group facing allegations of providing funds for protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).