New Delhi, 19 May-2014, IT: Muslims contributed to the Bharatiya Janata Party and Narendra Modi’s landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan has said.
Speaking to journalists in Rampur (Uttar Pradesh) on Sunday, Khan – who had often attacked the BJP leader from Gujarat – said, “Narendra Modi’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls has amply proved that Indian Muslims were and are secular.”
The Uttar Pradesh minister, however, said the minority community was lured by “false promises” made by the BJP. He went on to defend UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and SP supremo Mulayam Yadav and blamed the United Progressive Alliance’s policies for the party’s drubbing in the state. “Since the Muslim electorate did not have a political agenda to defeat anybody, they were trapped into believing false promises and supported such a political establishment (BJP),” he said.
Khan, who had been appealing to the minority community to ensure Modi’s defeat in the Lok Sabha elections, had made several attacks against the BJP leader over the 2002 Godhra riots. The Election Commission had later barred Khan from participation in campaigning.
Khan described the United Progressive Alliance’s 10-year rule in the county as “sinful”, but defended the SP’s support to the Congress, saying: “We had extended our support to keep communal forces at bay.”
(Input source: IndiaToday)