Muslim leaders in SP upset over decisions taken by Akhilesh Yadav

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Lucknow 30 May: A palpable disquiet is seen among the Muslim leadership of Samajwadi Party over actions taken by Akhilesh Yadav on several issues. These include the death of terror accused Khalid Mujahid in police custody, embarrassment faced by the government after refusal by family members of Khalid to accept compensation of six lakh rupees, delay in filing appeal against acquittal of Varun Gandhi and the appointment of prominent Muslim cleric Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan as advisor in the Handloom Department.

Voicing his dissent over the actions taken by the Chief Minister after death of Khalid Mujahid, senior minister Azam Khan said, “I have told both the UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and the Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav that paisa nahee insaaf chaahiye, (we want justice, not money); now it is for them to decide.” He added, “People won’t be satisfied by the ‘cosmetic actions’ taken by state government after the death of Khalid during his transit from Faizabad to Lucknow. The police officers responsible for his death should be brought to justice.”

Senior Cabinet Minister Parasnath had gone to Khalid Mujahid’s village in Jaunpur on Wednesday to deliver a cheque. The family however refused to accept compensation and demanded that those who had arrested Khalid in December 2007 and responsible for his death should be held accountable before law.

“Death of Khalid Mujahid has deeply pained me and I regret his death and the circumstances under which he died. The Muslim community is anxious to know the Nimesh Commission report. I have learnt that the contents of the report have been leaked in the media,” said Azam Khan. Khan demanded that the government table the report in the next session of the State Assembly, so there is no place for conjecture and speculation.

Maintaining that the death of Khalid in police custody has sent a negative message to the minority community, Khan said that the SP is steadily losing political ground in Uttar Pradesh. He also questioned the government’s action of filing an appeal in the court of district and sessions’ judge of Pilibhit after over three months of acquittal of Varun Gandhi. He said, “This appeal has no meaning at all, the government should first take action against the District Magistrate, Additional District Magistrate and the police officers who had lodged the case.”

Taking serious exception of the appointment of Maulana Taqueer Raza Khan as advisor in Handloom Department, Khan said that the Maulana is not a member of SP.  He heads his own party – Ittehaad Millet Council (IMC) and SP members and the party didn’t consult him in the decision.

Maulana Tauqeer Raza Khan is the younger brother of Subahni Miyaan, who is the head of the Dargah of Alaa Hazrat in Bareilly. Much to the chagrin of Azam Khan, the SP government has already appointed Abid Khan, a close aide of Subhani Miyaan as Chairman of the UP National Integration Council with the rank of Minister of State.

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Virendra Nath Bhatt is a post graduate in Economics. Started career as journalist in 1982, by contributing for a couple of Hindi dailies of Lucknow and Bareilly and also Jansatta of Delhi. Joined the English daily `The Pioneer in 1990 and later shifted to National Herald. After one year joined as correspondent for the Onlooker Magazine published from Bombay in 1991. In 1995 again joined The Pioneer in 1995 and worked till 2007. In December joined Indian Express Luck now. In September 2011 joined Tehelka. Bhatt has extensively covered parliament and assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1985 and also the Ramjanma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid dispute in Ayodhya and the movement for social justice – the social strife against the implementation of the Mandal commission report in August 1990.

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