पीएम को जाकिर नाइक के 'प्रस्ताव' के दावे पर स्पष्टीकरण देना चाहिए: दिग्विजय सिंह

पीएम को जाकिर नाइक के 'प्रस्ताव' के दावे पर स्पष्टीकरण देना चाहिए: दिग्विजय सिंह


BHOPAL/INDORE: Senior Congress leader

Digvijaya Singh

on Wednesday asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union home minister

Amit Shah

to clarify on controversial Islamic preacher

Zakir Naik

‘s claim that the Centre had offered him safe passage to India in exchange for his support on the abrogation of

Article 370


Naik, a 53-year-old radical television preacher, has been wanted in India for

money laundering

and inciting extremism through hate speeches. He had left India in 2016 and subsequently moved to Malaysia, where he was granted permanent residency.

The controversial preacher had recently made a claim that a representative of the Modi government had approached him in Malaysia in September last year, and offered him safe passage to India in return for his support for the Centre’s decision to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.

Tweeting a video of Naik’s claim, Digvijaya Singh on Wednesday said, “The Prime Minister and the home minister should officially deny Dr Zakir Naik’s allegations or else it will mean that “anti-national” Dr Zakir Naik’s accusation was right.”

मा प्रधान मंत्री जी तथा मा गृह मंत्री जी को डॉ ज़ाकिर नाइक के आरोप का विधिवत खंडन करना चाहिये। यदि नहीं करते हैं तो… https://t.co/26Jt46yyQo

— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) 1579071878000

Talking to reporters in Indore hours later, Singh said, “Through a video, Naik has issued a statement saying that Modi and Amit Shah had sent an emissary to him in September 2019, who told him (Naik) that if he supports the government on abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, cases against him would be scrapped and he will be able to return to India.”

“If Zakir Naik, who has been dubbed as anti-national by Modi and Shah, has given such a statement, then they should deny it,” he said.

“My question is why the Prime Minister and home minister have not refuted Naik’s charge so far,” the former Madhya Pradesh chief minister said.

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Why Modi, Shah not condemned Zakir Naik’s claims of being offered return deal: Digvijaya Singh