Arif in Delhi sends grapevine on BJP’s Prez nominee soaring


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By Manish Anand

New Delhi, June 19: The Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan was spotted at the Delhi airport on Sunday, leaving for Thiruvananthapuram. He’s learnt to have met senior leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Khan’s meetings with the BJP leaders have come at a time when the ruling party is all set to announce the party’s Presidential nominee for the July 18 elections.

Khan is a political veteran, and a staunch supporter of the ideologies espoused by the ruling party at the Centre. He was assigned the gubernatorial task for Kerala, a Left bastion, where the BJP is keen to make inroads in the future.

Sources said that Khan called on the BJP chief JP Nadda, who had already come back to the national capital from his visit to Karnataka.

It must be underlined that it will be futile to speculate on the name of the Presidential candidate of the BJP given the past trend of the party to surprise with its choices.

However, it’s pertinent to mention that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had mentioned Abbas, son of his father’s friend who used to visit his house during the childhood, while writing on his mother Heeraben.

It’s noteworthy to mention that India had much to do with firefighting in the Middle-east after the former BJP spokespersons Nupur Sharma and Navin Jindal’s remarks on Prophet Mohammad during TV debate and social media created outcries in the Islamic world.

India, in fact, along with Israel and the US is part of the quadrilateral strategic dialogue with the UAE.

The UAE is also India’s third largest trading partner.

Also, it’s noteworthy to mention that the Indian economy’s mainstay of the remittances is accounted by the expatriates in the Arabian world.

Arif Mohammad Khan is 71 years old. He has been the staunch supporter of the Modi government’s legislative move to criminalize the practice of triple talaq. His parental home is in Bulandshahr in the western Uttar Pradesh.

While Khan was a Congress man, having won the Lok Sabha elections from the party from UP, he eventually parted ways over differences with the former PM Rajiv Gandhi after his government moved with the Muslim Personal Law Bill to overturn the Shah Bano judgment.

Subsequently, Khan joined the Janata Dal and the Bahujan Samaj Party, while also joining the BJP in 2004.

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