Renowned Urdu poet Munawwar Rana has lashed out at the Samajwadi Party leader, Azam Khan for criticising him over PM’s shoes remarks in the wake of Sahitya Akademi awards controversy.
Rana, who returned his award on a TV channel this month to protest the lynching of an innocent Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri, had reportedly talked about lifting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s shoes if he was asked to do so.
His comments had caused huge controversy and elicited angry reaction from the UP cabinet minister.
Khan had called the great poet a ‘sycophant who would do anything for publicity.’
Speaking exclusively to jantakareporter.com’s editor-in-chief, Rifat Jawaid, at his Lucknow residence, Rana said that Khan’s faith as Muslim wasn’t ‘strong enough to lecture’ him on Islam. An angry poet said that the minister must expect a fitting reply from him whenever they met in future.
He said, “Azam Khan and I used to be good friends, but our relations turned sour after I resigned from the post of Uttar Pradesh’s Urdu Academy against his desire. I wish he had spoken to me first before giving public statement on me. You are the first channel, I’m saying this. Now two things will happen. First the Prime Minister will not call me. He may call a dummy Muslim in my place. That’s what Azam Khan wants and that’s what he practices. Only big talks and not work for community. And secondly, Azam Khan must expect a fitting reply from me should we meet again in future.”
Among other issues, the legendary poet also talked about why he decided to return the Sahitya Akademi award, Dadri controversy, invitation from PMO and media. He said he wanted to float the award in river Gomti but changed his mind due to possible backlash from Hindu organisations.
Famous for his gut-wrenching composition on Maa (mother), the poet said that the media had distorted his comments on PM Modi’s shoes deliberately to make the headline ‘sensational.’
You can watch the full interview above!