SAMAJWADI PARTY president Akhilesh Yadav Saturday said if his party was voted back to power, all “cases against Rampur MP Azam Khan will be dropped”.
Addressing a press conference in Rampur, Akhilesh said, “I will meet the Governor of Uttar Pradesh, Anandiben Patel, regarding false cases against the MP. I will inform her about the harassment being faced by Azam Khan. I am taking back copies of all FIRs against Azam with me to Lucknow. We have full faith in the courts and we will get justice. Similarly, several cases had been lodged against Mulayam Singhji. Then, the courts had helped us,” said Akhilesh, who was accompanied by Azam’s son, MLA Abdullah Khan, at the press conference.
He added that as long as the administration continues to do “injustice”, more people would lose faith in the government. “Today, the people are losing faith in the government and administration… You should see the list of cases against Azam. There are all types of fake cases against him… His family members are being taken to the police station to humiliate them,” said Akhilesh.
He claimed the BJP government was indulging in vendetta politics. “This is being done to divert the attention of the people from the real issues,” he said.
Akhilesh had reached Rampur Friday evening and had stayed overnight at the Humsafar resort, which is run by the Jauhar Trust, of which Azam is president. He addressed party workers Saturday and also met family members of MP Azam Khan. He left for Lucknow on Saturday evening.
Reacting to Akhilesh’s remarks, BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi said he should stand with the poor farmers whose “land was snatched by Khan.” “During the tenure of the SP government, Khan usurped land of farmers and also exploited the people of Rampur. Today, those people are filing cases against Azam for all the exploitative measures. Akhilesh Yadav should instead stand with the poor people,” said Tripathi.