Muslims are being punished for not migrating to Pakistan during Partition, says Azam Khan on growing cases of mob lynching

  • Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan said that Muslims in the country are being punished for their decision of not moving to Pakistan after the partition in 1947

  • Khan, an MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, claimed that Muslims have not been able to live a dignified life in the country

  • He also alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is fabricating land dispute cases against him because he managed to defeat BJP candidate Jaya Prada in the Lok Sabha elections

New Delhi: In another controversial statement, Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan said on Saturday that Muslims in the country are being punished for their decision of not moving to Pakistan after the partition in 1947.

 Muslims are being punished for not migrating to Pakistan during Partition, says Azam Khan on growing cases of mob lynching

File image of Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan. PTI

"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 Muslims to not migrate to Pakistan", he said when asked about his views on growing incidents of mob lynching.

Khan, an MP from Rampur in Uttar Pradesh, claimed that Muslims have 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", he said.

He also alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is fabricating land dispute cases against him because he managed to defeat 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.

Khan, a former state Cabinet minister, is known for his controversial remarks. During the Lok Sabha elections, he said that Jaya Prada wears khaki underwear, a reference to her alleged affiliation with the RSS. "I won the election against powerful people despite their tactics. I am being punished for that mistake. The Rampur district magistrate went to counting stations wearing a saffron shirt and harassed voters. Still, I emerged victorious", he said.

Updated Date: Jul 20, 2019 13:01:38 IST