Muslims not safe under SP rule: Azmi


After being denied permission to visit the riot-hit areas of Faizabad district on Friday, Samajwadi Party MLA from Maharashtra Abu Asim Azmi accused Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav of ignoring Muslims' issues.

Azmi, the president of the SP's Maharashtra unit, stated that Muslims are wrong in their perception that they are safe in the Samajwadi Party rule. "It is a wrong notion. Muslims are at the receiving end. The government is not reacting. No leader from our party cared to visit Faizabad. Ideally Akhilesh himself should go, but I don't know what is stopping him," Azmi said.

Azmi, who had planned to visit Faizabad while returning from Azamgarh, was asked by SSP Dharmendra Singh to cancel his visit. "He pleaded that since he took charge only yesterday, it is better to avoid the visit," Azmi told The Indian Express. "People call me from violence-affected areas. They want me to convey their sufferings to the Chief Minister. But even I cannot meet him. He is so busy that he hardly gives one minute's time to me in three days."

He added, "I am not saying this just because I was denied permission to visit Faizabad, there may be a law and order problem. But Akhilesh has failed to fulfil the promises he had made to me. I am disappointed with his working."

As part of an SP delegation, Azmi had earlier visited Asthan village of Pratapgarh in June after houses of Muslims were burnt after the rape and murder of a Dalit girl. The delegation had submitted a report to the Chief Minister.

Azmi said the CM had promised him that the Goonda Act slapped on four Muslim youths in Pratapgarh would be revoked, but it turned out to be a false assurance. Also, Akhilesh had personally promised him that full compensation would be paid to the victims of Pratapgarh violence for their loss. "Where is Akhilesh and his promise?'' Azmi said.

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