Lucknow: Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday alleged that injustice was being meted out to senior party leader Azam Khan and said a protest will be launched by party workers against it. Khan is facing land grab allegations. Authorities have claimed that the gate of the Mohammad Ali Jauhar University is allegedly being built on government land.
Sirf News had reported on 31 July that Azam Khan‘s MLA son had been detained for allegedly obstructing officials during a raid at Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur, triggering a protest by party workers. SP MLA from Suar Abdullah Azam has been detained for obstructing the raids and creating hurdles in the government work, Rampur SP Ajaypal Sharma said. His father Mohammad Azam Khan is the founder and chancellor of Mohammad Ali Jauhar University.
Sharma had said over 2,500 rare stolen books were recovered from the university’s library till now. “The raids which started yesterday (Tuesday) are continuing. Rare books have been recovered there,” Director General of Police OP Singh said.
Coming out in support of Khan, the SP patriarch said at a press conference today, “Injustice is being meted out to Khan and SP workers will launch a protest against it.” To a question, he said if required, he would take up Khan’s case with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“If needed, will meet the prime minister to convey to him the injustice to Khan,” the SP leader, who has appeared before the media after a long time, said.
The Lok Sabha member from Rampur has been accusing the BJP government of committing “atrocity” to win the upcoming by-polls in the state, in reference to raids conducted at the varsity. “They (Uttar Pradesh government) want to destroy the University,” he had recently alleged.
Earlier in June, following the drubbing of the Samajwadi Party (SP) at the Lok Sabha election, patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav had taken over the command of the party to rejuvenate his organisation. Yadav, along with senior party leaders, was continuously taking feedback on this defeat.
The Yadavs had also made a strategy for the road ahead. However, SP leaders were avoiding saying anything on this.
The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister was seen in action once again, with his son Akhilesh Yadav marginalised to a certain extent. Mulayam was visiting the party office on a daily basis where he met with the party workers and leaders and spoke to them. It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to say that Mulayam had made the party office his home.
Party sources said that Mulayam Singh Yadav had prioritised meeting such leaders who had been sidelined in the party under the reign of Akhilesh. A source in the party had said, “I met him recently. Netaji was worried about the present situation of the party. After our defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, he is concerned also about the future of the party. I think that he must have conveyed this to Akhilesh after taking feedback from the old leaders.”