Bareilly cleric to quit: ‘Govt has failed to protect Muslims’

Blaming the Akhilesh Yadav government for its failure to prevent Muzaffarnagar riots,Bareilly cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan has announced to resign as advisor in the State Handloom Corporation,where he holds the status given of minister of state

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published:September 11, 2013 4:19 am

Blaming the Akhilesh Yadav government for its failure to prevent Muzaffarnagar riots,Bareilly cleric Tauqeer Raza Khan has announced to resign as advisor in the State Handloom Corporation,where he holds the status given of minister of state.

In a letter to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav Tuesday,Khan said the Samajwadi Party had agreed to certain conditions of his political outfit Ittehad-e-Millat Council (IMC) for mutual support in the coming Lok Sabha elections. These conditions included constitution of a commission to probe the riots which have occurred in the Akhilesh Yadav government,releasing of innocents framed in Bareilly riots and inclusion of Urdu as a paper in PCS (J) entrance examination.

Akhilesh had appointed him as advisor,state handloom corporation with MoS status on May 27 but he accepted the post only when SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav assured him of fulfilling his conditions on June 21.

At that time,cabinet minister Shivpal Yadav in a joint press conference with Raza had announced acceptance of his conditions. In between Shahzil Islam,the lone MLA of IMC, too,joined SP on June 9.

“Leave aside my conditions,now a new riot on such a large scale has occurred in Muzaffarnnagar. Muslims are on the receiving side and several mosques have been razed. There is no point in continuing on the post,” Raza told The Indian Express.

Raza had met Mulayam in Lucknow on Monday. “I discussed the Muzaffarnagar situation with him. He is concerned and was calling up officials,giving directions so I did not mention anything,” Raza stated.

“Now I have decided to fax my letter to CM Akhilesh Yadav. The post is proving to be a big burden after the Muzaffarnagar riots. I can only say the state government has failed to protect Muslims,” he stated.

“The local police and administration did not play their role effectively. They were mute spectators as Muslims suffered during the riots. The actual number of casualties is on a much higher side,” he stated.

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