Azam Khan in eye of storm over ‘Kargil’ remarks

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Azam Khan, Senior Minister, Up
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New Delhi/Ghaziabad, Apr 9 (PTI) : Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan was in the eye of a storm today over his remarks on the Kargil war, with the Election Commission warning of “strict action” if he was found guilty of violating the Model Code of Conduct.

As political parties slammed Khan for saying that it was ‘Muslim soldiers’ who fought for India’s victory in the 1999 Kargil war against Pakistan, his party reacted cautiously, saying it could be reflection of some dissatisfaction over “unfulfilled aspirations”.

EC officials said they are studying the video of the speech made yesterday.

“We are examining the 30-minute video speech of Azam Khan on Kargil War and other issues. We have started probe and if he is found guilty, strict action would be taken against him,” said a senior poll official in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.

Demanding strong action against the SP leader, BJP said his remarks were an “insult to the bravery of the soldiers” and the “communal comment by Azam Khan during the elections shows the politics of communalism”.

Party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi said, “It is an attempt to communalise national security”.

Trivedi’s colleague Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was a matter of “great regret” that “secularism is being sacrificed on the alter of communalism” It is certainly harming the country and the real secular spirit of the nation.”

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