Last day, Mulayam tells Azamgarh Muslims: Have taken risk for you

At another election meeting in Jahanaganj, Mulayam appealed to people to make his victory margin more than Narendra Modi’s in Varanasi.

Written by Mohd Faisal Fareed | Saraimeer | Updated: May 11, 2014 3:12 pm

Hoping to woo the Muslim community, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav tried to strike an emotional chord at a rally in Saraimeer Saturday.

“Aapke wajah se yeh jokhim liya hai Azamgarh se ladne ka (It is for you that I have taken the risk of contesting from Azamgarh),” he said.

Though he made no mention of the Muslim youths arrested from Sanjarpur, Azamgarh, barely 8 km from the venue, Mulayam reminded the crowd about the Congress’s failure to implement the Sachar Committee recommendations. “I have come to contest elections on your support.

I have taken the risk. There was no need to contest polls as I am already winning from Mainpuri,” he said, adding that the PM had failed to implement the recommendations despite a personal request from him.

“If SP comes to power, Sachar Committee recommendations will be implemented,” he said. “Muslims need to be given special opportunities, which means reservation. We will take all steps for the development of Muslims.”

At another election meeting in Jahanaganj, Mulayam appealed to people to make his victory margin more than Narendra Modi’s in Varanasi.

In the past two days, the SP has thrown its weight behind nearly three lakh Muslim voters in Azamgarh. On the last day of campaigning, Mulayam addressed four election meetings in Muslim pockets. Mafia don-turned-politician Atiq Ahmed visited the area with a large cavalcade urging Muslims to support Mulayam. “If Mulayam wins from here, many of you can move around in such vehicles,” Atiq told a group of youths looking at his SUVs. Mulayam’s brother Shivpal Yadav, cousin Ramgopal Yadav and nephew Dharmendra Yadav have also been camping in the constituency.

The issue of local youths being arrested in terror cases and the Muzaffarnagar riots do not seem to have had much impact in Azamgarh. “We are concerned but we understand Mulayam cannot free them as the case is in court. But Mulayam is the only person who addresses our issues,” Maulvi Istikhar, a local hakeem who runs a clinic in Saraimeer, said. In the case of Muzaffarnagar, locals mention the compensation provided to Muslims by Mulayam. Local workers of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind are also working for Mulayam. “The fight is with communal forces and we are supporting Mulayam,” Maulvi Zafar, one such worker, said.

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  1. A
    May 12, 2014 at 11:04 am
    India for Hindus/Sikhs/Christians/Buddhists
  2. A
    May 11, 2014 at 1:42 pm
    Maulavi is saying that he is secular. What a joke? Mulayam is saying that he is fighting against communal forces with the help of muslims of Azamgarh. Why are all the terrorists are hiding in Azamgarh. Does he mean to say that more riots he expects in Azamgarh and other Muslim cities of Utter Pradesh after this Loksabha elections.
  3. R
    Ravi Ranjan
    May 11, 2014 at 3:38 am
    Politicians like Mulayam can talk only in sectarian terms.They feel they can survive by appealing only to a few sections.But thoughMuslims are getting disillusioned now they are still held in some sort of captivity by their religious leaders to believe that the BJP is Hindu party and,therefore, must be avoided.
  4. V
    May 12, 2014 at 8:22 am
    The story defines secularism that defines our nation by consution !!!!!!!! Disgusting and worst abuse politician can usher on Indians.