Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav once again sought to consolidate the Muslim vote bank on Monday by highlighting their contribution in the development of the country. Citing contemporary examples and those from history,Mulayam heaped praises on the community.
Speaking at the fifth convocation of Integral University,organised to coincide with the birth anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad,Mulayam said,Maulana Azad gave a new direction to education in India and education awareness.
He said that it was on Maulanas call that many Muslims stayed back in India during partition,reposing faith in the promise of a secular nation.
Giving a more contemporary example,Mulayam said that he is grateful to Islamic scholar Abul Hasan Ali Hasani Nadwi,popularly known as Ali Miyan,for his foresightedness and his policy on education, highlighting his contribution towards the establishment of the school which went on to become Integral University. Mulayam also highlighted the contribution of former president Dr A P J Abdul Kalam in strengthening Indias defence prowess. Mulayam also praised Chikan workers saying that even today Muslims are responsible for as much as 80 per cent handicraft (dastakari) work in the country.
The SP chief,however,said that despite such examples,some unfortunate events are happening today. Some communal powers see our efforts to ensure equality between Muslim,Hindu,Christian and Sikh brothers with hate and jealousy, Mulayam said,adding that somehow,I have been dealing with them since 1987.
He also urged the students to take up politics if no other option materialises,because of the circumstances that we witness today,from the danger on the borders to internal dangers.
On the university,he said he will take up the matter of its financial assistance with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. A total of 2,142 graduates 542 post graduates,and 20 PhD candidates were awarded their degrees while 36 and 35 candidates were awarded gold and silver medals,respectively. Also present on the occasion were UP health minister Ahmad Hasan,science and technology minister Abhishek Minister,minister of state for planning Fareed Mahfooz Kidwai,Integral University Vice Chancellor Prof S W Akhtar,among others.