SP leader quits party, accuses Akhilesh of ignoring Muslims

Saharanpur (UP), April 20 (PTI) A PS leader here has resigned from the party, accusing its leader Akhilesh Yadav of ignoring Muslims and questioning his “silence” over the arrest of party legislator Azam Khan.

A few days ago, similar allegations were made by a close associate of Khan.

Sikander Ali, who held several posts in the party’s district unit in the past, told media that today’s Samajwadi party is different from the one led by Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The party won 111 seats in recent Assembly polls solely by taking Muslim votes, but Akhilesh Yadav is silent on the issue of party leaders Azam Khan and Nahid Hasan.

“When he cannot defend his MP, how will he support the common worker,” said Sikandar Ali.

He alleged that Yadav “doesn’t react” to cases of oppression against Muslims when the community has always voted for him. Yadav only considers Muslims as his vote bank, he claimed.

Sikander Ali also accused the SP leader of inciting rivalry between Muslims and the BJP.

In the coming times, like the BSP, Muslims will make the Samajwadi party a “samaptwadi party”, he said, attacking the SP leader.

Recently, similar allegations were made by Fasahat Ali Khan, spokesperson for imprisoned Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan. He accused Yadav of ignoring Khan and Muslims, sparking speculation of a split within the party.

Fasahat Ali Khan also alleged that despite Muslims overwhelmingly voting for Yadav and the SP, the former UP chief minister never uttered a word for the community. PTI COR SAB RDK

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