Samajwadi Party leader and senior Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan has said that he will join the BSP if its supremo, Mayawati, gave tickets to Muslim candidates on 300 of 403 assembly seats.
He made the comments on ABP News’ flagship election show Ghoshna Patra, broadcast on Sunday evening.
He said, “It’s good that Mayawati has given tickets to 100 Muslims. At least she has recognised the stature of power of Muslims. Muslims have made her chief minister for four times. I had hoped that she will project a Muslim as her party’s CM candidate this time.”
In response to Janta Ka Reporter’s editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid’s question on why Muslims should vote for his party in light of series of communal riots during his party’s government, Khan blamed the media for not showing the culprits of communal flare-ups.
He said that his government had taken more than adequate steps to heal the wounds of riot victims of Muzaffarnagar.
Meanwhile, Khan on Sunday also compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the mythical demon king Ravana.
Without taking Modi’s name, he said, “The king who rules over 130 crore Indians goes to Lucknow to burn the effigy of Ravana, but he forgets that the biggest Ravana is not in Lucknow but lives in Delhi.”
Addressing an election rally in his home turf Rampur, Khan also took a dig at Modi and alleged that he was working in the interests of the rich.
He also appealed to the people to vote for his party to continue the development works.
Khan, a legislator from Rampur, was also instrumental in resolving the family disputes of the incumbent chief minister, Akhilesh Yadav, and his father, Mulayam Singh Yadav.