14 June, 2021

Have Mouth, Will Shoot

Azam Khan, Muslim face of SP and chief rabble-rouser

Nirala Tripathi
Have Mouth, Will Shoot

UP’s urban development and parliamentary affairs minister Azam Khan is  described as the Muslim mascot of the Samajwadi Party. And sure enough, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav makes it a point to keep him in good humour, even though Azam often embarrasses the party. The “loose cannon” is clearly one of the more difficult “uncles” CM Akhilesh has to handle.

Those who have followed him from the days he was Aligarh Muslim University students union president and later Babri Masjid Action Committee convenor were not surprised when he said recently that he “would not mind leading a mob to pull down the Taj Mahal, because I firmly believe it was an extravagant misuse of public money by a ruler. He had no business to do that to display his love for his wife.”

It’s just another outrageous remark by Azam that people laugh off or shrug at. But at times he also resorts to rank bad language. Jayaprada learnt this when Azam used the most derogatory invectives against her during the ’09 Lok Sabha campaign in Rampur (she was...

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