Azam Khan’s household has been among the many most influential in west Uttar Pradesh’s Rampur district for greater than three a long time however lately, for the reason that BJP got here to energy within the state, it has handled one setback after one other. Now, following his conviction in a hate speech case many, even within the Samajwadi Social gathering (SP), are questioning if he has it in him to take care of his grip on the district.
The SP chief’s son Abdullah Azam Khan was disqualified from the Meeting in 2020. Then, Azam and his household, together with his son and spouse, frolicked in jail in reference to a number of instances of alleged land grabbing, dishonest and prison trespass, and this Might the SP strongman bought out of jail on bail however noticed the social gathering lose the Rampur Lok Sabha seat that he had received in 2019. On Friday, Azam misplaced his state Meeting membership and his Rampur Meeting constituency was declared vacant a day after his conviction in a case of hate speech.
Whereas the BJP welcomed Speaker Satish Mahana’s choice, SP president Akhilesh Yadav stated Khan had turn into an “eyesore” for the ruling social gathering and accused the federal government of harassing the veteran chief with false instances. “Azam Khan is the goal of the BJP authorities. Day by day, false instances are being registered towards him and he’s being harassed. Khan appears to be an eyesore for the BJP as he’s a staunch rival of the communal forces and is dedicated to democracy and socialism. He’s a pacesetter, who has struggled for the Structure and secularism,” the SP chief stated in an announcement.
Akhilesh added, “The BJP authorities ought to do not forget that there is no such thing as a place for enmity in politics. The ruling social gathering and the opposition have an equal position in a democracy. He (Khan) has been MLA from Rampur 10 instances and MP thrice. He additionally held ministerial posts. The BJP’s conspiracy to sideline him in politics will come down closely on them.”
SP spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary stated, “Azam Khan’s reputation is rising. Therefore, the BJP is afraid of him.”
The ten-term MLA grew to become related to SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav within the early days of his profession and have become the social gathering’s tallest chief from the minority neighborhood. Although Azam Khan initially didn’t have a lot following amongst Muslims outdoors Rampur, Mulayam projected him and gave him a Cupboard berth with a number of portfolios in all three governments that he headed.
When Akhilesh Yadav shaped the federal government in 2012 with an absolute majority, Azam maintained his clout within the state administration, holding eight portfolios. He was thought-about the social gathering’s largest chief after the then chief minister regardless of there being 10 ministers from the Muslim neighborhood within the authorities.
In 2013, there have been studies of fissures between him and Akhilesh after he skipped the SP’s nationwide govt assembly. He was reportedly upset with the federal government’s dealing with of the Muzaffarnagar riots. Later, Akhilesh went to Azam’s residence to talk to him and patch issues up. In accordance with SP insiders, in the course of the social gathering’s time in energy the postings and transfers of presidency officers in Rampur and adjoining districts — be it within the administration or the police — have been completed as per Azam Khan’s needs.
However his affect, on the again of the continuing authorized proceedings towards him, has been declining for fairly a while now. Some SP insiders stated his trusted aide Asim Raza Khan’s loss within the Rampur Lok Sabha bypoll earlier this 12 months indicated that Azam’s grip on Rampur was not like earlier than. His well being issues and Mulayam’s loss of life earlier this month have compounded his issues as his place within the social gathering is prone to weaken additional provided that his political mentor isn’t any extra. In most of the instances towards him, the complainants are Muslims. An SP chief identified that at current the Khan household has just one elected consultant — Abdullah, who’s the MLA of Suar constituency. A by-election for Rampur could be the most important take a look at of Azam’s power and would present if he nonetheless had it in him to regulate the world like previously, the SP functionary added.
However SP’s appearing district president in Rampur Virendra Goel dismissed all of the doomsday speak. “Azam sahib has a political empire throughout UP. His affect has not declined, however it has elevated as a result of folks have understood that his household is going through atrocities. Folks sympathise with him.”
Leave a Reply