Lucknow, Jul 20 : Making a yet another controversial statement, senior Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and Rampur MP Mohammed Azam Khan on Saturday alleged that Muslims in the country were being punished for their decision not to migrate to Pakistan after the Partition in 1947.
The senior SP leader alleged that Muslims were being persecuted for that in the form of mob lynching.
"Why did our ancestors not go to Pakistan? Well, they considered India as their Nation. This is our fault. Maulana Azad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel and even Bapu had appealed to Muslims not to migrate to Pakistan," he said when asked about his views on growing incidents of mob lynching.Khan claimed Muslims had not been able to live a dignified life in the country. "We have been living a very disgusting life since 1947, and we are very ashamed of it," the MP stated.
The statement from the SP leader came against the backdrop of a mob lynching incident in Saran district of Bihar where three people were beaten to death by a mob for allegedly attempting to steal a buffalo.Mr Khan alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh was 'fabricating land dispute' cases against him to take a revenge of the defeat of BJP candidate Jaya Prada in the Lok Sabha elections.
The state government recently put Khan's name on anti-land mafia portal after several complaints were registered against him for allegedly grabbing lands in Rampur, his home district.
"I won the election against powerful people despite their several tactics. I am being punished for that mistake. The Rampur District Magistrate went to the counting stations wearing a saffron shirt and harassed voters. Still, I emerged victorious," he alleged.
Meanwhile, the state BJP has condemned Khan's statement."Azam is talking of Pakistan after the Yogi Adityanath government cracked whip against the encroachment on the public land and the land belonging to poor Muslims of Rampur", said the BJP spokesman Shalabh Mani Tripathi.(UNI)