TMC MP Nusrat Jahan did not just become the face of ‘secularism’ after her marriage with Nikhil Jain, rather – she became no less than a Hindu. With an oath-taking in parliament in the name of ‘ishwar’ while donning a saree, and flaunting a more than visible sindoor – Nusrat Jahan became the face of TMC’s pro-Hindu push since 2019. It was two years ago that the reality hit TMC’s top leadership – they were losing Hindu votes fast. So, Nusrat Jahan was touted as the face of TMC’s campaign to attract Hindu voters. She offered the perfect story – a Muslim practitioner becoming a Hindu bride.
It was no coincidence that Nusrat Jahan’s transformation came after Prashant Kishor joined ranks with the TMC post the Ma, Mati, Manush party’s poll debacle in 2019. As prophesized by TFI two years ago, the turnaround in the life of Nusrat Jahan had the marks of seasoned number cruncher Prashant Kishor all over it. However, we at TFI had called out the extravagant show being put by Kishor back in July 2019 itself.
“Out of all the critical issues, Mamata Banerjee’s pro-radical image and rampant appeasement of minorities have surely played a major part in bringing down TMC’s tally (in 2019). Prashant Kishor coming into the picture has handed (Mamata) a perfect opportunity to rectify TMC’s pro-radical image using soft techniques like these,” we had said back then.
We have been proven right. As it now turns out – Nusrat Jahan’s marriage was never really a union between a Muslim and a Hindu. In fact, it seems to have been a mere stunt – as Nusrat Jahan has now come out in the open and said that what she had with Nikhil Jain was a “live-in relationship” and not a marriage. Since the duo had tied the knot in Turkey, Nusrat Jahan claimed the marriage was not valid in India from the word go.
“Being on foreign land, as per Turkish Marriage Regulation, the ceremony is invalid. Moreover, since it was an interfaith marriage, it requires validation under the Special Marriage Act in India, which did not happen. As per the court of law, it is not a Marriage, but a relationship or a live-in relationship. Thus, the question of divorce does not arise,” the TMC MP said Wednesday.
That Nusrat Jahan is shying away from a formal annulment of the marriage raises many questions. Meanwhile, speaking to India Today, Nikhil Jain revealed that he has filed for an annulment in Kolkata. While he refused to comment further on the matter as the case is in court, he admitted that the two have been separated since November 2020.
“These are legalities, I don’t really want to comment on anything she’s said because the matter is sub judice in court. I have filed a civil suit in Kolkata and I will not comment on it till it is in court,” Nikhil said.
Interestingly, after their supposed ‘separation’, Nusrat Jahan grew a sudden dislike for the ‘Jai Shree Ram’ chant, and termed it a “political slogan”. During the 125th birth anniversary celebrations of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, an enthusiastic crowd was chanting ‘Jai Shree Ram’ slogans. This infuriated Mamata Banerjee, who refused to speak at the event and stirred up a big political storm due to the same.
Mamata’s blue-eyed girl – Nusrat Jahan was quick to defend her leader and in defending Mamata, she played spoilsport over poll strategist Prashant Kishor’s efforts of crafting the pro-Hindu image of Jahan. “I strongly condemn shouting of political and religious slogans at Government Functions to celebrate legacy of Freedom Fighter Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 125th birth anniversary celebrations,” Nusrat tweeted.
Interestingly, the details of Nusrat Jahan on the Lok Sabha website state that her marital status is married. It says her husband’s name is Nikhil Jain, and the date of marriage is recorded as 19 June 2019. Now, if their marriage was never legal, did the TMC MP falsify information and lie to the Indian parliament? Many on social media also reminded the TMC MP of the tough spot she has put herself in since, during her oath ceremony, she referred to herself as “Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain”.
Ruhi aka Nusrat Jahan mentioned her marital status as married in Lok Sabha Election Form.
If she is saying her marriage is void ab initio, then her Lok Sabha membership should be expelled on urgent basis as she intentionally declared wrong information in LS Form.#nusratjahan pic.twitter.com/GtiIx9x6ec
— Roopenshu Pratap Singh (@roopenshu) June 9, 2021
Nusrat Jahan says her marriage with Nikhil Jain is invalid and not recognised under Indian law. It’s her private life but one cannot forget all the political mileage the TMC churned in PK’s project to win back Hindus and I wonder if all this was rushed for political gains only. pic.twitter.com/K60LAhZqGT
— Shubhangi Sharma (@ItsShubhangi) June 9, 2021
Before Election :- "I Nusrat Jahan Ruhi Jain…"
After Election :- "We were in a live in relationship.."
— Aayush. (@ModifiedAayush) June 9, 2021
It goes without saying that the grand plan of the TMC to win Hindu votes by projecting a Muslim MP as a devout Hindu has been exposed. From taking the oath on the floor of the Lok Sabha along with her husband’s name to now claiming that their marriage was never legal, Nusrat Jahan has exposed herself effortlessly.