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Not part of deal with Imam: Azam

SP general secretary and minister Azam Khan said he was not part of the deal under which Imam Bukhari’s son-in-law Umar Ali Khan was fielded by the ruling party as its candidate for the Legislative Council election.

Written by Express News Service | Luucknow | Published: April 13, 2012 2:57 am

SP general secretary and minister Azam Khan said he was not part of the deal under which Imam Bukhari’s son-in-law Umar Ali Khan was fielded by the ruling party as its candidate for the Legislative Council election.

He also said that,in terms of priority,Umar was SP’s eighth candidate and the party had votes to ensure victory of its first seven candidates. After Bukhari said his son-in-law will file his nomination on Friday,Azam Khan said,“He is the eighth candidate and still short of six votes. It has been a deal of loss for Imam Saheb. Thankfully I am not part of the deal.” Azam Khan also stated that Bukhari,despite being Imamul-Hind (Imam of India),had to come down the footsteps of political power.

Azam Khan has been waging a continuous verbal attack on Imam Bukhari for trying to extract favours for his family members. “He is Imam of Jama Masjid,which is situated in Delhi. I want to ask Imam Bukhari about the assurances and works he has been able to execute from the Delhi government. Even today registry of plots in Okhla area is not possible. Muslims are living in slums and he has not been able to construct a wall,leave aside house,for them,” said Azam Khan.

He said the popularity of Imam Bukhari was evident from the Assembly election in Behat,where his son-in-law lost badly. “Imam Bukhari was striking a deal inside the bungalow and outside people were shouting slogans against him. His effigies are being burnt in various cities. Fatwas from various sects about him not eligible for being Imam are being issued. What is left of his status?” said Azam Khan. He said Bukhari had applied for a canon but was contended with a knife. “He was getting the same thing with respect as Mulayam Singh had gone to his place,now he had to come begging for it,” he said. As for Bukhari’s demand for increasing Muslim ministers in cabinet,Khan stated that it is inevitable and everyone knew that their numbers will increase. “We would be appointing more Muslim ministers in expansion and it was clear. There was no point asking for that,” he said.

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