SP’s anti-Muslim face is exposed: Faruqui
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Former national secretary of Samajwadi Party (SP) Kamal Faruqui — who was sacked from the post for his alleged remarks on Indian Mujahideen (IM) operative Yasin Bhatkal's arrest — called the leadership anti-Muslim after (SP) general secretary Ramgopal Yadav declared that he has been expelled from the party.
"Faruqui had been expelled earlier and SP has no relations with him. It is seen he participates in debates on news channels as a SP leader. I clarify he should no more be regarded as SP leader by the media," Ramgopal said in a press release on Monday.
Faruqui, however, termed Ramgopal's action illegal as per the party's constitution. "Ramgopal has no right to expel me. I was removed from the post of secretary only. He is spreading false information," Faruqui said.
He also said SP's action has not come as a surprise. "I was also waiting to get rid of them. I am happy now. I was raising Muslim issues and they were feeling uncomfortable. Muzaffarnagar riots have opened our eyes and their anti-Muslim face is exposed," he said.
He also claimed to raise double standards of SP among Muslim community. "SP has acted against Muslims and harmed them immensely. Muslims were killed in Muzaffarnagar and it failed to act. They just do lip service to Muslims," he claimed.
Earlier, when Faruqui was removed from his post, he remained in touch with SP leadership, mainly minister Shivpal Yadav. Despite his ouster, Faruqui remained in SP.
Faruqui is regarded as a progressive Muslim in his community. He is a member of All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and All India Milli Council (AIMC). He had joined SP on June 7 last year during national convention of the party at Agra at Mulayam's initiative.