Project 2024: Congress bats for Azam because it appears to be like to woo Muslims again newsfragment


The Congress in Uttar Pradesh is ready to bat for the Samajwadi Birthday celebration’s (SP) maximum ocular Muslim face Azam Khan, these days within the crosshairs of investigative companies and who has obvious circumstances collection up in opposition to him since 2017, next the SP executive through which he was once an influential minister misplaced to the Bharatiya Janata Birthday celebration.

Azam Khan (FILE PHOTO)

The advance, a part of Congress’s try to reconnect with Muslims, would see it lift the problem of alleged ‘injustice’ below the BJP rule to probably the most vocal and numerically dominant amongst all minority teams, which subsidized it until 1989, when Congress utmost dominated UP.

“We will fight for Azam Khan sahib. He may be with SP but we will bat for him,” mentioned UP Congress Ajay Rai. “We will discuss growing atrocities against Muslims, including that of Azam Khan sahib under BJP rule at the forthcoming meeting of the party’s minority committee in November. Our senior leaders would also be present and after we would launch our outreach,” UP Congress’s minority wing Shahnawaz Alam mentioned.

Put up 1989, the Congress watched its Muslim voter gravitate in opposition to the Samajwadi Birthday celebration, which was once arrange in 1992. Azam Khan, some of the SP’s founders, was once just lately sentenced to seven years in jail with people in his son Abdullah’s faux beginning certificates case.

By means of taking over his case, the Congress is subtly making an attempt to suggest to minorities that it’s keen to boost its expression for all those that really feel exploited below BJP, throughout celebration traces – a formality pushed by means of the realisation that to reclaim its misplaced glory nationally, it’s going to must win again its misplaced voter bottom in UP.

Upcoming the November assembly, the celebration would foundation marketing campaign to join with Muslims as a part of which it might additionally reserve conferences with tiny teams of Muslims at tea retail outlets from December onwards, the place the celebration cadres would additionally raise photocopies of the Charter in a sly effort to play games up their oft repeated, however unverified rate of BJP’s making an attempt to “change the Constitution.”

In west U.P. the place Azam Khan as soon as ruled, a number of Muslim leaders of affect have both joined the Congress or are tipped to pass over next the result of the meeting elections in 5 states are out in December.

Former lawmaker Imran Masood, who wields some affect in Saharanpur and within reach gardens, has returned to the Congress, future Ahmad Hameed, son of influential celebration chief Kaukab Hameed Khan is ready to connect in Baghpat, Congress leaders admit. Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had just lately met Danish Ali, BSP’s Lok Sabha MP from Amroha.

Until his disqualification Azam Khan had gained Rampur (sadar) meeting seat a report 10 instances future his son Abdullah Azam, gained Suar meeting seat in Rampur two times – being disqualified each instances.

Some Congress leaders admit that elevating Azam Khan factor may just assistance them join with Muslim-majority Rampur in addition to within reach areas of Sambhal and Moradabad too.

Political professionals alternatively really feel that Congress would must be cautious not to antagonise SP, which is most well-liked collection of majority of Muslim citizens. The SP is Congress’s best friend within the greater opposition alliance.

“In politics, nothing happens without reason. The Congress is desperate to woo its lost Muslim vote and thus is talking about Azam Khan. However, Khan is a SP veteran and Congress will have to tread carefully on that front,” mentioned Irshad Ilmi, a political knowledgeable.

The Congress, which witnessed some uncomfortable moments when SP management focused them over seat sharing problems in Madhya Pradesh, is possibly acutely aware of this facet.

“We have always raised the voice of oppressed, minorities, women and marginalised. So be it case of Azam Khan sahib or others, there is a growing view that Muslims are being targeted and hence all these aspects would be taken up by the party leadership,” Alam mentioned.

Azam Khan has obvious a collection of circumstances, starting from severe to absurd, in opposition to him – most commonly filed by means of Akash Saxena – now the primary BJP MLA from Rampur (Sadar), a bastion that Azam gained a report ten instances. On Saturday, when he was once being shifted out of Rampur prison to Sitapur, Azam had informed the media that he even fears being killed in an come across.

“Anything can happen,” Azam had informed the media future refusing to sit down in the midst of the police automobile that was once to pull him to Sitapur. “You can break my bones and make me sit in the middle but not otherwise,” Azam had informed police group of workers, who relented because the SP veteran cited a clinical status.

Quickly next the Rampur court docket sentenced him and people to seven years in prison, Azam had mockingly commented that native channels have been acutely aware of the prudence a year prior to it was once in fact delivered. “Verdict delivered, not justice,” Azam had long past directly to remark. Right away next, SP Akhilesh Yadav mentioned Azam was once being afflicted as he was once a Muslim.

The BJP is unmoved by means of the traits. “It is true that I have filed most of the cases against him (Azam) but I have not delivered the punishment or sentenced him. The court has and in case he feels he is wronged, he can go to court,” BJP’s Rampur (Sadar) lawmaker Akash Saxena mentioned.

In 2022 UP polls, one the place Azam didn’t marketing campaign as he was once in prison because of layout of circumstances registered in opposition to him, Muslims had subsidized the SP in a heavy means. Of the 34 Muslim lawmakers, 32, together with Azam and his son Abdullah, had gained on SP price tag and two on SP best friend Rashtriya Lok Dal’s image, majority of them from west UP.

In 2012, when the SP shaped its first ever majority executive, 69 Muslim lawmakers have been elected to the UP meeting – the best possible ever and 45 of whom have been on SP image. In 1991, on the peak of the Ram temple motion, slightly 17 Muslim lawmakers have been elected to the UP meeting.

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