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Yaqoob: SP will pay for deceiving the Muslims

Yaqoob: SP will pay for deceiving the Muslims

Author: Rajesh N Singh
Publication: The Times of India
Date: August 7, 2006
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1863404.cms

Mulayam's efforts to be in the good books of the minority community might receive a blow with the controversial minister for minority welfare Haji Yaqub Qureshi openly stating that the Samajwadi Party would have to pay a heavy price in the next Assembly elections for deceiving the minorities.

"Ab dobara sarkar banana Mulayam ke liye sapna hi rahega," said Qureshi. "Mulayam stands exposed in the eyes of the Muslims. Except for lip service, Mulayam Singh Yadav has done nothing for the minorities especially the Muslims," he said.

Talking to TOI here on Sunday, Qureshi said, "this is the third time when Mulayam Singh Yadav is occupying the chair of chief minister but I have little hesitation in saying that contrary to the projection that he cares a lot for the minorities, nothing substantial has been done by him for the community."

Claiming that 5th Floor (CM's office) had been the biggest stumbling block when it comes to introducing any welfare scheme for the minorities, Qureshi said, "people may not be knowing but the fact remains that there are a few officers sitting on the 5th floor of the Secretariat who always create hurdles in minorities related issues."

He said that in this connection he had written several letters to the CM but nothing was done. When asked what compelled him to continue in Mulayam's government when he was unhappy with his style of functioning, Qureshi said, "I am not at his mercy.

He is free to remove me as I will continue to speak the truth which definitely is a bitter pill for the chief minister."

On being asked the party he would choose to contest the next Assembly elections, Qureshi said, "question of contesting of SP ticket is completely ruled out but let me clear once for all that neither I will seek a Congress or the BSP ticket to enter the Assembly next time."

He claimed that the entire Muslim community had been rallying behind him and it was not an exaggeration but a fact that atleast 50 other candidates on his support would sail through.

"In the next government, we will be there as a leading partner and not as a mere supporting outfit," was Qureshi's optimistic claim.

Highly critical of Azam Khan for his efforts to establish a Urdu university in the name of Maulana Ali Jauhar, the minister said, "Jauhar university chanda khane ka dhong hai. Jab sarkar bana rahi thi to qaum per bojh kyon daal rahe hai Azam.

But for a person who cannot spare even graveyards, this chanda-khori is a lesser evil." He even blamed the chief minister for not restricting Azam Khan from his "illegal" activities.

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