Kalaburagi: According to a report that appeared in Prajavani on Friday, family Sufi leader Sayed Tanveer Hashmi, also known as Tanveer Peera, and BJP MLA Basanagowda Patil Yatnala are business associates. This information was made public in the wake of MLA Yatnal’s claims that Tanveer Hashmi has ties to ISIS and other terrorist groups.
The article claims that both are partners in the “Tourist Hotel,” which is situated in the city close to Gandhi Chowk. The two families’ residential homes and business establishments are located adjacent to one another in Mahal Ainapur village, on the outskirts of the city, close to the Vijayapura-Kalaburagi National Highway.
The issue has sparked controversy, and KPCC spokesperson S.M. Patil Ganihar, addressing a press conference, questioned the moral right of MLA Yatnal to accuse Tanveer Hashmi when their families are involved in a business venture together. Ganihar urged Yatnal to either substantiate the charges or resign from his position as an MLA. He also called on the state government to take action against Yatnal.
Reacting to the reports, Karnataka Rakshana Vedike District Unit President M.C. Mulla said “Yatnal was very close with Hashmi. I have met Tanveer Hashmi and Yatnal at our house during the election. We all had lunch together. Both of them have shared stages on various occasions,” he said.
Ahinda leader Somnath Kallimani furthered the discussion by accusing Yatnala of inciting enmity by connecting Tanveer Hashmi to ISIS because of Hashmi’s political associations in the most recent assembly elections.
Somnath added, “Yatnal is inciting hatred by sharing images from Hashmi’s Facebook page and claiming that he is associated with ISIS simply because Hashmi supported the Congress candidate in the most recent assembly elections.”
Tanveer Hashmi, belonging to the Hussiani Hashmi Family, is a patron of various academic, social, and religious activities of Sufi Sunni Muslims in India. Recently appointed as the President of Jamaat E Ahle Sunnat, Karnataka, he also leads the Al Hashmi Educational Welfare & Charitable Trust, providing Islamic and formal education. Hashmi is the President of the Muslim Muttahida Council (MMC), a consortium of Muslim organizations, and a member of the Muslim Personal Law Board.
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