Staff Reporter | TDN World

New Delhi – National President of Welfare Party of India Dr SQR Ilyas slammed Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for terming Welfare Party a radical and terrorist outfit and sought an immediate public apology.

The senior BJP leader and Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi stirred controversy on Sunday by terming Welfare Party of India (WPI) and Popular Front of India (PFI) as radical organizations. Naqvi further alleged that WPI is a political outfit of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

Setting aside all the allegations made by the veteran BJP leader, Dr SQR Ilyas said the allegations made by him are baseless and aimed at maligning the image of Welfare Party of India which is a value based secular political party, independent of any affiliations and registered with Election commission of India.

Dr Ilyas said this interview of Muktar Abbas Naqvi shows the desperation of BJP party as it is losing its hold in Bihar state which is going to polls and is using its most popular methodology to divert, distract and polarise the voters and added that the people will reject it as they are tired of their fake tactics and slogans.

He said WPI is a value based secular political party which is striving to politically empower all marginalized sections of the society and has always taken up issues concerning the people and as a political party it has all rights to support, make alliance or share seats with any political parties.

He said BJP should learn to play fair and give space to other political parties in level playing and doing alliance politics in the first past the post system adopted in our country, the largest democracy in the world.

Dr Ilyas said Mr Naqvi should publicly apologise for calling WPI, a terrorist and radical organization and the political arm of JIH.