A function to inaugurate a study centre for IAS aspirants here from the minority community, especially Muslims, turned into a Centre-bashing session as UP Minority Welfare Minister Azam Khan quoted philosopher Chanakya to launched an attack on “businessman” Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“Badshah (Modi) has said that he is a Gujarati and a businessman. Chanakya kehte hain, agar raja vyapari hai, toh janata bhikhari hogi (Chanakya said if the king is a trader, then people of that country would remain beggars),” Azam said.
He was addressing the gathering after Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav inaugurated Rafeequl-Mulk Mulayam Singh Yadav Urdu IAS Study Centre in Lucknow. The centre has been set up by the UP Urdu Academy.
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Continuing with his attack on PM, Azam said unlike the prime minister, Akhilesh is not a trader and does not sell emotions. “125 crore people have been cheated. False promises were made —- in 100 days all people will become crorepati, employment to two crore youths, 24-hour electricity. But, what happened ? untimely rains and now predictions of drought,” he said.
Azam, considered the Muslim face of the Samajwadi Party, also raised fingers at civil services examination conducted by Union Public Service Commission. Referring to Chief Information Commissioner Jawed Usmani’s statement wherein he had said that these examinations are conducted with full honesty else he would not have topped it in 1978, Azam said, “Usmani saheb, tell us how many Muslims qualify written exams and what happens after the interview. If there was honesty…why Muslim participation has not increased in civil services,” he asked.
He also spoke on the controversy surrounding recent protests by Valimki community members in Rampur against the proposed plan to demolish their houses. Stating that merely donning skull caps doesn’t make one a Muslim, Azam said, “For grabbing government land caps were worn and they became Muslims. If it was so easy, caps would have been worn in BJP meetings”.
Azam also targeted media. “I admit that I am worse than bad. But, I try that there are no riots due to me. But, you people show me on TV for hours. I urge you to keep on showing me,” he said, adding that while media went overboard in highlighting Muzaffarnagar and Saharanpur riots, there was hardly any coverage of the Kanth incident.
Earlier, after inaugurating the centre, Akhilesh urged the Muslim students to aspire to be civil servants. “Until you reach the decision making position, nothing will be done. Even I have counted how many of ‘our’ people are in the IAS. The count is less…but…if I will say anything then other inference will be drawn,” he said.
Advising the students to keep an eye on political developments, too, the CM said, “along with studies, there should be an eye on politics. Become an honest IAS officer. Also consider politics, else you will retire like Usmani and Rizwan Ahmed (ex-DGP)”.
Earlier, CIC Jawed Usmani, while speaking at the function, asked to adopt Super 30 model of Bihar for selecting students for the centre. The proposal was accepted by Azam Khan. Usmani also recalled that it was on his proposal that Sachar Committee was constituted to study the status of Muslims.
The centre will offer free coaching, fooding, books, and library facility to minority students preparing for civil services. Chairman, Urdu Academy Nawaz Devbandi informed that a fund of Rs 1.5 crore was given by CM Akhilesh Yadav for the centre.
Later, Akhilesh announced that budget of Urdu Academy will be doubled.