SP leader Farooq Ghosi sacked after he asks Mulayam to nominate Yakub’s widow for Rajya Sabha


A day after vice-president of Samajwadi Party’s Maharashtra unit Farooq Ghosi wrote a letter to party president Mulayam Singh Yadav asking him to nominate Yakub Memon’s widow for Rajya Sabha, the leader has been sacked by SP’s top brass.

A few hours ago, Ghosi had withdrawn his statement saying he wrote it in a hurry and should not have released it to media.

“I wrote the letter to Mulayam as there were several thoughts in my mind. Now I realise my mistake and withdrawing it,” Ghosi had said. He wrote the letter on July 31 and posted it to Mulayam today. However, the party office in Lucknow is yet to receive it.

Ghosi had also mentioned in his letter to Mulayam that 1993 Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub’s wife Rahim too was in jail earlier and despite later being acquitted, she had suffered a lot.

“You (Mulayam) are our leader and a socialist who has always raised the voice of helpless and downtrodden. Today even Rahin Memon appears helpless. Similarly there will be many helpless in the country and we have to fight for their cause. Even Muslim today is feeling helpless. We should be with them and make Rahin Memon a MP making her voice of these helpless,” Ghosi wrote in the letter.

The Maharashtra SP leader even went on to say in the letter that the hanging of Yakub had brought a lot of questions in his mind and that he needs directions from Mulayam on the matter. Ghosi also implored Mulayam to speak on the matter as a responsible socialist.

Yakub, who would have been 54 on Thursday was executed just before 7 am on the same day at Nagpur Central Jail.

A huge drama had played out on the night of the hanging as a special session of the Supreme Court was called at 3 am to finalise the decision. Memon had moved SC once again after the President rejected his mercy plea.

Earlier, a group of 40 eminent personalities had signed a fresh mercy petition asking President Pranab Mukherjee to stay the execution of Memon.

As per the case of the prosecution, the 1993 Mumbai blasts were orchestrated by Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim to seek revenge for the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya. Yakub, who is the brother of Tiger, was allegedly not the main accused in the conspiracy.

A huge controversy had also been created in the Yakub issue when Bollywood superstar Salman Khan appeared to have supported the terrorist through tweets asking for his brother Tiger to be implicated instead. Salman later retracted from his tweets and apologised for any potential misunderstanding while sticking to his stand.