The ruling Samajwadi Party in UP has threatened to stage a huge Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi before the Rampur district magistrate’s office on January 7 seeking his eviction from an ‘illegally occupied bungalow”, a charge that the BJP leader has denied.
The said bungalow number 3 located on Judges Road, Civil Lines in Rampur, UP minister Azam Khan’s home district, is shown as permanent address of Naqvi in Rajya Sabha’s official website. Naqvi during his visits to Rampur stays at this bunglow. District SP leaders, however, claimed that the bungalow is a property of a closed sugar mill and that they have Azam Khan’s permission to go ahead with agitation.
“We have received instructions from Mantriji (Azam Khan). We are against illegal occupation of bungalow by Naqvi. We will stage one-day dharna on January 7 and give a memorandum to PM,” Akhilesh Kumar, district president of SP in Rampur told The Indian express.
He, however, feigned ignorance about the ownership of the bungalow. “It is very old story and I am not aware about it. I only know that he is illegal occupying the bungalow,” he said.
Contacted, Naqvi denied the charge and claimed that Azam Khan had earlier tried to raise the issue with an intention to get the building allotted to his Jauhar Trust. “In the past also he had done the same thing.
There are hundreds of people living in the same compound. Even court had maintained our tenancy still he is raising the issue to grab the land. There is no justification in his claim as we have been living there legally for several decades,” Naqvi told The Indian Express BJP’s district president Baldev Singh said the sugar mill authorities had given the said bungalow on rent to Naqvi’s father.
“SP wants to rake up issues which are non-existent,” he said, As per local officials, the closed Raza Buland Sugar Mill was owned by Nawab family of Rampur before being taken over by UP Sugar Mill Corporation (UPSMC) after which it turned sick. Some legal cases also arose over the title of assets.
Managing Director UPSMC Suresh Kumar confirmed that corporation owns the assets of the sugar mill including several bungalows.
“Several people live in these bungalows. Their allotment was done when the mill was in private hands. We have not received any demand for getting any particular bungalow vacated,” Kumar said.
The latest move by SP seems to have stemmed out of the acrimony that began between the ruling party and BJP after Naqvi’s recent Rampur visit. Naqvi’s ministry is responsible for funding UP’s minority welfare ministry currently headed by Azam Khan. It was reported that the union ministry is planning to seek details of fund utilisation in the state.
The relationship further aggravated due to verbal duel between Azam Khan and Union minister of state for agriculture Sanjeev Baliyan. SP leaders even lodged cases against Baliyan while BJP has chalked a plan to invite him in Rampur. “It is very much in pipeline and Baliyan will visit Rampur this month. Rampur is not anyone’s fiefdom. We will see if SP can stop him,” Baldev Singh said. He however did not give much importance to Azam Khan and claimed, “he is a chatter box and speaks without making any sense.”