Facing flak over the communal violence in western Uttar Pradesh, minority welfare minister Azam Khan Tuesday made an emotional appeal to Muslims to remain united with Samajwadi Party (SP) even as he blamed the officials for the riots.
“It was not government, but the officers who are responsible for Muzaffarnagar riots. It is a big conspiracy to alienate you from your well wisher (Samajwadi Party),” Azam said here. Asking Muslims to remain united, he said, “(BJP leader) Subramanian Swamy has stated BJP government (led by Narendra Modi) can be easily formed if Muslims are divided.”
He was addressing a conference of madrasa managers and principals. The conference was organised for the redressal of problems faced by madrasa teachers.
Azam urged the Muslims to take interest in politics as “it is not a bad thing”. “I want from the bottom of my heart that there should be Caliph rule in India, but it is not happening. Please take interest in politics. When your men will be get elected, Delhi’s treasure will also be in our hand,” Azam said.
He also attacked the media alleging that it does not want the wounds of Muzaffarnagar riots to heal. “Media only showed the victims and not those who did the atrocities in Muzaffarnagar. At that time their cameras were busy projecting Narendra Modi as prime minister,” Azam said.
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He also blamed the media for creating an adverse atmosphere when the SP government attempted to withdraw terror cases against some “innocent” persons. “We wanted to withdraw cases against innocent Muslims lodged in jails. But such an atmosphere was created by media that even court was influenced so government withdrew its step,” he added.
Azam, the Muslim face of the Samajwadi Party, also took potshots at Syed Ahmed Bukhari, the Shahi Imam of Delhi’s Jama Masjid.