Jignesh Mevani, the backward caste candidate backed by the Congress in the Gujarat polls, has been photographed receiving a cheque from members of the Social Democratic Party of India (SDPI), the political wing of the Popular Front of India (PFI), which is under the NIA radar after many of its members were allegedly found fighting for the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. While the amount of money on the cheque is not visible, speaking to Times Now, senior SDPI official Abrar Ahmed said, “We are extending full support to Mevani. We will support any party which fights communal forces.”
Jignesh Mevani is contesting the Assembly polls as an independent candidate from the reserved Vadgam constituency in North Gujarat. He is being backed by the Congress, which is supporting him by not fielding a candidate in the constituency.
The incident is a clear indication of Islamists funding Rahul Gandhi’s partner in Gujarat and this has put the Congress in the dock.
Congress officials from Gujarat refused to respond to the issue, with one of them saying the question should be answered by the party high command — a clear indication that no leader wants to question Mevani tie up. The firebrand Dalit banks heavily on Muslim support from Vadgam in Banaskantha.