GUWAHATI, Oct 29 � All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) president and Lok Sabha MP Badruddin Ajmal today categorically denied any links between him and his party with jehadi elements.
�There is a political conspiracy behind all this by certain forces that are afraid of the growing popularity of AIUDF. They know about our growing popularity in Assam and want to have our party banned before the 2016 Assembly polls,� Ajmal told reporters here.
His response came after reports in a section of the national media about �intelligence reports� allegedly showing that the AIUDF and Jamiat Ulama have helped certain youths in Dhubri district cross the border for training with jehadi elements in Bangladesh.
Ajmal said he supports an investigation by the NIA or other central intelligence agency into the entire controversy.
�The allegations have hurt me very much. The allegations have been made based on alleged documents which do not contain any seal of any intelligence agency or any signature by any official,� he said, adding that his party will sue a national news channel that first aired the news about the presence of such intelligence reports.
�If anybody is really involved in such nasty things the government should take action against such person. If such report spreads in the media it will affect my reputation, my business and my family,� he said.
Ajmal said, �Already political parties have started demanding my arrest. I challenge them to substantiate their allegations. Or else those who are saying that I should be arrested should themselves be ready to face arrest.�
He said the AIUDF has been the only party which has consistently called for sealing of the Indo-Bangladesh border since 2005.
A delegation of AIUDF MPs and MLAs will leave for New Delhi tomorrow to meet President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to ask for a detailed investigation into the entire matter by any central intelligence agency.
Meanwhile, general secretary of the Assam State Jamiat Ulama Hafiz Bashir Ahmed Kasimi said that anybody who makes charges of the organisation having links with any anti-national outfit are not aware about the Jamiat�s history.
�The Jamiat Ulama had opposed the partition of India and we have always subscribed to the �One Nation� theory,� he said.