BY: FAISAL FAREED
Aligarh Muslim University Teachers’ Association (AMUTA) Sunday announced they will launch a campaign against Mulayam Singh Yadav in Azamgarh and blamed the SP government for their failure to prevent the Muzaffarnagar riots.
Last month, AMUTA had boycotted Mulayam’s entry in AMU forcing him to abort the visit.
“We had opposed Narendra Modi for Gujarat riots and called him Enemy number one of Muslims. Why then should we not oppose Mulayam Singh Yadav for the Muzaffarnagar riots and address him as the Enemy number two ? After SC’s observation on Muzaffarnagar riots, it is clear the state government failed to act,” Aftab Alam, secretary, AMUTA told The Indian Express.
The AMUTA has decided to visit Azamgarh with a delegation of AMU teachers to campaign against Mulayam. “We want Mulayam to realise that Muslims cannot be taken for granted,” he said. The SP chief said he will contest from his traditional seat of Mainpuri and Azamgarh. AMUTA office bearers said a lot of Muslims are not aware of the ground reality in the riot-hit district and Mulayam is looking to take advantage of that.
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Several teachers and students hailing from Azamgarh are currently in AMU. Even in students union, Azamgarh had its representation with its former president, Hafiz Irshad Ahmed, winning from the Gopalpur seat in Azamgarh during the 1993 elections. “It will be easy for us to campaign against Mulayam in Azamgarh as we have a strong base there,” Alam said.
Making a strong pitch for secular forces in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, Alam said: “We will support BSP, Congress and RLD wherever they are in a position to defeat SP and BJP. In Ghaziabad, we have decided to support Raj Babbar.”
AMUTA will also visit other constituencies to oppose Mulayam’s candidature. “It will depend if the secular forces want us to come. In Azamgarh, we do not want an invitation,” Alam added.
Mulayam sends Shivpal to Azamgarh
Mulayam sent his brother and minister Shivpal Yadav to meet party workers in Azamgarh on Saturday. Since the announcement of his candidature, Mulayam is yet to visit Azamgarh.