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Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan has compared his party to a “sinking ship” while speaking about leaders deserting the SP.
Asked about SP leaders who were leaving the party, Khan said in Rampur on Sunday: “Paani ke jahaz mein jab surakh ho jata hai aur doobne ka andesha ho jaye to sabse pehle chuhey bhagte hain (When a ship develops a hole and is about to sink, rats are the first ones to flee).”
Later, he clarified that such leaders were leaving the party because they feared they would be denied tickets in next year’s Assembly polls.
On the Supreme Court’s notice over his alleged controversial remark on Bulandshahr rape incident, Azam asserted that he had said nothing wrong.
He said that as a minister, it was his duty to find out the reason that led to the incident.
He added that he had no motive to hurt the sentiments of any political party or the rape victims.
“I said only this and would say it again that when in one day, five similar incidents take place, then it was the duty of the state government and my duty as a minister as well to find out the truth behind them. What is wrong in this statement that it could have hurt the sentiments of the victim or any political party?” he asked.
“Ek hi dal kyon pareshan hua? (Why was only one party bothered)” asked Azam.