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Lucknow: Samajwadi Party backs Azam Khan after Governor Ram Naik questions his competence.Samajwadi Party on Saturday came out in full support of beleaguered Parliamentary Affairs Minister Azam Khan whose competence was questioned by Uttar Pradesh Governor Ram Naik, alleging communal forces were behind his character assassination.
“Communal forces wanting to gain political mileage are behind the character assassination of Khan,” SP spokesman Rajendra Chaudhary said in a release, apparently peeved over Naik’s remark.
His statement, in which he did not name Naik, came a day after the Governor questioned Khan’s abilities as the Parliamentary Affairs Minister while taking strong exception to his comments against him in the Assembly.
“Azam Khan is a competent player of parliamentary politics, impressive orator who effectively answers to the criticism of opposition parties,” Chaudhary said, adding he is committed to secularism and has complete faith in SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s leadership.
“Even opposition leaders praise his parliamentary skills in the House…he has rare oratory skills and it is not right to question his competence and abilities,” Chaudhary said.
Public life is transparent and Azam Khan’s life is an open book, he said, adding Khan has been in politics since the past several decades and his life has been that of struggles since the days of student politics.
“He has acquired the present position in politics through hard work and has earned fame at the national level,” Chaudhary said.
The SP spokesman also said Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has complete faith in Khan, who has successfully managed the “Mahakumbh” in Allahabad which was acknowleged all over the world.
Chaudhary said politics is based on some ideology and values in which criticisms take place over policies but in the recent times, ideology has taken a back seat and attempts are made at character assassination.