Jailed SP Leader Azam Khan Now The ‘Most Wanted’ Man among Other Opposition Parties in UP


The ten-time Samajwadi Occasion MLA and former MP from Rampur, Mohammad Azam Khan, has received bail in virtually 88 instances that have been lodged towards him. He has been in jail for over two years now. However rapidly the difficulty of Azam Khan is rising as a tough affair for the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Occasion.

Whereas the incarcerated chief met Akhilesh’s uncle and Pragatisheel Samajwadi Occasion Lohia (PSPL) chief Shivpal Yadav and Congress chief Acharya Pramod Krishnan, he refused to fulfill an SP MLA delegation that had sought time.

Different opposition events together with the Congress, Bahujan Samaj Occasion, and even All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) are scrambling to precise their sympathies in the direction of Azam Khan when he has received bail in many of the instances lodged towards him. First, the AIMIM wrote him a letter, inviting him into its fold. Then got here the Congress, whose chief in Prayagraj had just lately put up hoardings welcoming Khan. Now the BSP has additionally raised the difficulty of the jailed MLA as social gathering chief Mayawati attacked the BJP in a collection of tweets and alleged that Azam Khan was being harassed.

PSPL spokesperson Parakhar Singh mentioned, “Our chief Shivpal ji went to fulfill Azam Khan in jail however SP chief Akhilesh Yadav is so busy that he cannot spare an hour and a half for travelling to Sitapur Jail and assembly him. Respect is supreme and PSPL stands firmly with Azam Khan in his struggle towards atrocities. Even Azam Khan’s son Abdullah Azam has not clearly mentioned if he’s in favour of Samajwadi Occasion anymore. It’s as much as Azam Khan to resolve if he needs to go away the SP. However one factor I wish to clarify is that Shivpal ji and his whole social gathering stand firmly with Azam Khan.”

It is not simply these political events which have come out and raised questions on Azam Khan being lodged in jail even after getting bail in many of the instances. Even the Supreme Courtroom had pulled up the Uttar Pradesh authorities on the difficulty and requested why so many instances have been lodged towards Khan, and why was a brand new case filed as quickly as he received bail in one other.

Azam Khan has been languishing in jail for greater than two years now. Earlier his son Abdullah Azam and spouse Tazeen Fatma have been additionally behind bars however they’re at present out on bail. Sources within the SP recommend that Azam Khan was keen to discipline one in all his members of the family within the Rampur Lok Sabha bypoll whereas Akhilesh had not given his closing nod on it.

Even because the jailed MLA appears to have a number of affords, the Samajwadi Occasion appears to have little time to be by his aspect. Akhilesh had visited him solely as soon as in two years. The SP chief just lately met incarcerated social gathering employees in Azamgarh, however neither he nor social gathering’s state unit chief Naresh Uttam Patel went to fulfill Azam Khan.

The Congress thinks the SP has abandoned one in all its high leaders when he wanted his social gathering essentially the most. UP Congress spokesperson Anshu Awasthi mentioned, “After our fast household, a political social gathering is a household for a politician. Once we undergo robust instances, we anticipate that our household and the political social gathering we struggle for will stand by us. However within the case of senior leaders like Azam Khan, it is vitally unlucky that the SP abandoned him when he wanted it essentially the most. Our leaders went and met Azam Khan in jail even after being from one other social gathering. Such a senior chief who stood by Mulayam and Akhilesh Yadav throughout his rift with Shivpal Yadav is being ignored and the way. If Azam Khan’s household really feel that they want us, then proper from our high management to our native employee will likely be standing with him. A senior chief like Azam Khan is most welcome if he needs to hitch the Congress. Nonetheless, a choice on this regard will likely be taken by our high management solely.”

A number of days in the past, the incarcerated chief’s shut aide and media incharge Fasahat Ali Khan ‘Shanu’ had additionally raised considerations in regards to the MLA and had gone to the extent of claiming that “Azam Khan was left to die at Sitapur Jail by the Samajwadi Occasion”.

Together with the Azam Khan controversy, one other concern that has bubbled up earlier than the Samajwadi Occasion is brewing discontent amongst its Muslim vote base. The shortage of a correct stand and a transparent assertion on points associated to atrocities and hate speeches towards minorities has additionally triggered a unfavourable sentiment locally towards the SP.

After shying away from internet hosting iftar and after dropping the 2022 UP meeting elections, Akhilesh not simply attended a number of iftar events however can be being vocal on points associated to the minorities. The SP chief is aware of properly {that a} slight shift within the voting patterns of Muslims can have a unfavourable affect on his social gathering within the state.

The Samajwadi Occasion additionally says that it stands firmly with Azam Khan who’s a sufferer of vendetta politics by the BJP.

Talking to News18, SP spokesperson Abdul Hafiz Gandhi mentioned, “Azam Khan sahab is a founding member of the Samajwadi Occasion. The social gathering is doing every thing to assist him. All Samajwadis are solidly behind him. We place confidence in the judiciary that justice will likely be performed to him and he’ll quickly be out of jail. Azam sahab is a sufferer of the vendetta politics of the BJP, the ruling social gathering. At any time when he will get bail, a brand new case is filed towards him to stall his launch. This vendetta politics of the BJP should finish.”

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