This may be no news, but it should be on record. The death of Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, who became the Muslim voice in Indian politics by ordering to kill karsevaks who had gathered in Ayodhya for the Ram Janmabhoomi Movement, has left the Islamic community feeling orphaned. They are saying he never shied from taking up the cause of their community. With his passing, Muslims feel they have lost their most credible "voice".
“The demise of Mulayam Singh Yadav is a great loss for the entire country. He always took a stand and was a great socialist leader,” said Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahli, an Islamic scholar.
Maulana Yasoob Abbas, general secretary of All India Shia Personal Law Board and a prominent Shia leader, said: “Mulayam Singh always stood for the downtrodden and the underprivileged section of the society.”
Ayodhya inhabitant Iqbal Ansari, who was one of the litigants in the Ram Janmabhoomi–Babri Masjid title suit in the Supreme Court, said Mulayam Singh Yadav was a politician who could be relied on blindly. “He was a mass leader and the Muslim community had immense faith in him.”
The death of the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister has also deeply saddened people from Gorakhpur, Azamgarh and Basti who are currently in West Asian countries for work and other purposes.
Mohsin Raza, a former MoS and former MLA, who was in Mecca for Umrah, described the SP patriarch’s death as an ‘irreparable loss’. “We have lost a secular leader. It is an irreplaceable loss not just for the party, but also for the weaker sections of the society.”
Shahab Ameen, who hails from Khokhar Tola and works in Riyadh, said the news of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s death saddened him, and his friends and colleagues Alamgir and Surendra Yadav, who belong to Saifai in Azamgarh district, were also deeply upset.
Recalling Mulayam Singh Yadav’s strong connection with Azamgarh, scholar Dr Iliyas Azmi said people regretted voting against the Samajwadi candidate in the by-election to the MP seat. “The entire eastern Uttar Pradesh, especially Azamgarh, had a strong emotional bond with Mulayam Singh Yadav,” he observed.