Naved Antulay, son of Maharashtra first Muslim CM and Neglected Congress Leader Abdur Rahman Antuley, joins Shiv Sena
Naved Antulay, the son of Congress leader and the first and only Muslim chief minister of the State Abdul Rahman Antulay, joined the Shiv Sena on Wednesday.
The party said Naved would not be contesting the polls, but would help Anant Geete, Sena’s candidate for the Raigad constituency, reach out to Muslim voters.
Though Naved has not been politically active, the family had been reportedly feeling increasingly alienated, especially from Antulay’s political disciple Sunil Tatkare, who had joined the NCP and is contesting against Geete from Raigad. Mr. Tatkare was defeated by Geete by a slim margin in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
Abdul Rahman Antuley, then Minority Affairs Minister in Congress government cabinet had said that Hindutva forces might have been involved in the Mumbai terror attacks and had asked to probe the killing of then ATS Chief Hemant Karkare.
After that he had to resign from the post and Antuley was sidelined by the Congress party forever he was once Chief Minister of.
A.R. Antulay then said that he had done his party and the country proud by raising questions on the death of Maharashtra Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemant Karkare, who was killed during the 26/11 attacks.
Antulay died on 2 December, 2014 unlamented in the political circle.