Azam Khan is one of the most powerful leaders of the Samajwadi Party. The Muslim face of the party, his influence on the voters is known to all. It is therefore clear why Khan is the main campaigner in electorates with predominantly Muslim population.
On February 23, Khan, who is the urban development minister in Akhilesh Yadav’s government, was at Faizabad to campaign for the Samajwadi Party candidate, state forest minister Tej Pratap Pandey.
But when he reached the rally venue at Narendranagar area, he saw blue flags of the Bahujan Samaj Party flying on houses of Muslims and backward classes.
By the time Khan reached the dais, his mood had already gone sour. Clearly angry with what he saw, Khan said something that shocked everyone in the rally, including Pandey.
This is what Khan said:
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Yes, Azam Khan told the gathering to vote for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) if they were not interested in voting for SP but they should never vote for BSP.
“Vote for BJP. At least they will do something good for you,” Khan said.
Khan then left the dais. It took some pleading from Pandey to bring him back. It was only then that Khan revealed why he was so furious.
“Do you remember what BSP founder Kanshi Ram said?” he asked. He then told the gathering of mainly Muslim and backward classes that they should never forget that Kanshi Ram had said that he’ll build a toilet on the land where Babri Masjid stood.
Khan then continued his speech for a short while.
Faizabad will go to polls on February 27 in the phase 5 of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Elections 2017.