Kapil Gujjar fast entry, BJP exit – a throwback to similar inductions
Kapil Gujjar’s swift entry and exit from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday was a throwback to party-like inductions in 2014 that sparked a public outcry and forced similar exits. Hours after joining the party on Wednesday, Gujjar, who fired at a demonstration against the Citizens’ Law (Amendment) in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh, was hastily expelled.
As social media reactions criticized the party for inducting Gujjar, a red-faced BJP unit in Uttar Pradesh issued a statement stating that they “had no idea of his involvement in the controversial Shaheen Bagh incident.”
This is not the first time the party has had to issue a swift expulsion message after the public uproar.
In 2014, Sabir Ali of Bihar was expelled from the party within hours of joining. Ali’s entry into the BJP sparked a furor within the party and some members alleged that he was a sympathizer of Yasin Bhatkal, the alleged mastermind of the Indian Mujahideen terrorist group. BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who is now a Union minister, tweeted against Ali’s accession but later deleted the post. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, the ideological source of the BJP, also backed Naqvi’s opposition to Ali’s accession.
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Ali’s induction was discussed at the highest levels of the party and then-BJP Chairman Rajnath Singh suggested that such issues should be discussed internally. The same year, the late Sushma Swaraj made public her opposition to the induction of B Sriramulu, a partner of the Reddy brothers from Karnataka accused in the Bellary mining scam.
“I want to make it absolutely clear that B Sriramulu has been admitted to the party despite my strong opposition,” Swaraj had tweeted even when Sriramulu was not withdrawn from the party.
The BJP was also forced to terminate the membership of another controversial figure, Pramod Muthalik, who joined the party in Karnataka’s Hubli with much fanfare in 2014. Muthalik leads Sri Ram Sene, who led an attack on women in a pub in Mangaluru in 2009 .