STATE MINORITY Welfare Minister Azam Khan on Monday asked the Muslim community to stay alert, or else “the result will be dangerous”.
Addressing Muslims during a lottery draw to select Haj pilgrims from the state at a function in Lucknow on Monday, Khan said: “If you do not remain alert, the result will be dangerous. Y ou should… remain cautious of remarks (jumle) that are not found in any book, Constitution or religion. These sentences being discussed… are not worth it. Discussions should take place on not hurting anyone and not slitting anyone’s throat.”
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“We did not call you here for the lottery draw but to apprise you of the situation. Brooms were handed over to every person… but before cleaning the ground, the atmosphere should be cleaned. Who are the targets when it is said — cut the tongue, cut the throat? The present time is very difficult for us,” he added.
The minister also urged the gathering to ensure that the state Vidhan Sabha “does not go to others”. “Just pray that the UP Vidhan Sabha does not go in those hands, where your education is under threat. Time is short and everyone is waiting for a new morning… No one can become badshah without you…,” Khan said with an eye on the 2017 Assembly polls in the state.
Khan also urged those going for Haj pilgrimage to pray for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav — also present at the function — and himself so that their “relations continue to remain strong irrespective of anyone’s tricks”
He went on to claim that his Jauhar University in Rampur may also be threatened like the Aligarh Muslim University is facing regarding the revocation of its minority status.
Speaking on the occasion, Akhilesh assured the Muslim community that he would continue to work for their welfare and honour. “We have done several things for you and will continue to do so for your development and honour. Some works are left but will be completed shortly,” he said.
Akhilesh also highlighted his scheme to earmark 20 per cent reservation in over 80 government welfare schemes for minorities.