Azam Khan targets Amar SinghFebruary 20th, 2009 - 6:19 pm ICT by IANS
Rampur, Feb 20 (IANS) Samajwadi Party leader Mohammed Azam Khan Friday flayed general secretary Amar Singh, but without naming him, on charges of hurting Muslims by teaming up with former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kalyan Singh.
Khan, the estranged national general secretary of the party, alleged in a statement that “some people who obtained Rajya Sabha membership with our support are busy tarnishing my image and harming the party organisation”.
Amar Singh is a Rajya Sabha member.
Khan’s remarks came after party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav asked him not to air his grievances at public forums.
But Khan made remarks that were clearly aimed at Amar Singh, the confidant of Mulayam Singh Yadav.
“Such people, without having popular contact with the electorate, have been conspiring by framing false charges against me. But I shall defeat the designs of such conspirators who want to harm me and the Samajwadi Party ideology,” said the deputy leader of the opposition in the Uttar Pradesh assembly.
“The Rajya Sabha member has hurt the feelings of the Muslim community by projecting Kalyan Singh as a great leader, extending open invitation to (Shiv Sena chief) Bal Thackeray and (BJP leader) L.K. Advani to join the Samajwadi Party, and promoting actress Jayaprada in the political arena.”
Amar Singh had last month defended the party’s move to join ranks with Kayan Singh and had said that even Thackeray and Advani were welcome to join the Samajwadi Party if they apologised for the razing of the Babri mosque in Ayodhya in 1992. Kalyan Singh was then the BJP chief minister.
“How can the Rajya Sabha member dare to project Kalyan Singh as pro-Muslim?” Khan asked.
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