Azmi denies rift with Mulayam, plays down 'Muslims not safe under SP' remark
Samajwadi Party leader Abu Asim Azmi on Saturday played down his remark that Muslims are not safe under the Akhilesh Yadav-led Government in Uttar Pradesh, saying he is making all attempts to ensure that the minorities have full faith in his party and that Mulayam Singh Yadav sits on the throne of Delhi after the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Azmi, however, said that he would make sure that his voice reaches Mulayam Singh Yadav if ignored.
"I will continue my struggle. I will stick with the Samajwadi Party and not join any other party. I can leave politics, but can say nothing against 'netaji' and Samajwadi Party. But I will raise my voice on anything wrong," he said, when asked about his next course of action if the Samajwadi Party continues to ignore him.
Azmi also denied reports that the Samajwadi Party stopped him from visiting the riot-hit areas of Uttar Pradesh's Faizabad District.
He said that the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) asked him to cancel his visit.
"I was not stopped. People of Faizabad always had complaints that none responsible leader of the Samajwadi Party visits here and takes stock of the situation. So, they had asked me to visit the place and interact with the people. I thought to visit the place and messaged for security cover. The SSP range me up, saying that he took charge a day before and that it would be better to avoid the visit. So, I agreed," said Azmi.
Azmi said he was surprised over the latest developments taking place in the Samajwadi Party.
"But why is this happening now. The Samajwadi Party is known for providing justice to all religions and communities. I can say this with open challenge that the minorities are safe under the rule of the Samajwadi Party Government. Mulayam Singh Yadav is fighting for the rights of minorities and taking note of which I am in the party. The BSP, BJP has no value; Samajwadi Party is one, which does justice," he said.
Azmi, who is the chief of Samajwadi Party in Maharashtra, said his only ambition is to make sure that Mulayam Singh Yadav becomes the tallest leader of the country.
"I do not aspire for any post, my aim is only to see that Mulayam Singh Yadav is the tallest leader of the country and for which I am making all attempts. But I receive calls for people from there that a delegation wants to meet and the Chief Minister is not willing to meet, and I will be hurt if somebody does not speak to me when I give a call from here," said Azmi.
"So, I have to say through the medium of newspapers that the minority today is disturbed and where will they go if their voice is not heard even in the Samajwadi Party's rule," he added.
Azmi further said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had promised him that the Goonda Act slapped on four Muslim youths in Pratapgarh will be revoked, but it turned out to be a false assurance.
"I am surprised why is he (Akhilesh Yadav) failing. The four youths who were caught were not running away. They were accused of murdering and raping a Dalit girl. If children in the age group of 16 to 18 years murder or rape a girl, will they be in their homes. They went to the police the very next day on being called. They were not aware of what was happening," said Azmi.
"They were caught and FIR was registered against them. Goonda Act was slapped on them. I talked to the Chief Minister and he promised that the act will be revoked," he added.
Azmi had earlier accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of ignoring issues concerning Muslims.
"It is a wrong notion. Muslims are at the receiving end. The government is not reacting. No leader from our party cared to visit Faizabad. Ideally, Akhilesh himself should go, but I don't know what is stopping him," he told the Indian Express.