Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan reiterated that Muslims were paying a price for choosing to stay in India after partition in 1947.
While commenting on Kairana MLA Nahid Hasan’s appeal to Muslims to boycott the shopkeepers who support the BJP, Khan said: “It is sad that such a situation arose. But who is responsible for it? Who had started this? We (Muslims) stayed back, our ancestors stayed back in India.”
“For the last 70 years, we have been hearing either ‘go to kabristan (grave)’ or ‘go to Pakistan’. Who is responsible for it?” asked Samajwadi MP and former Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan.
The Samajwadi Party leader, who has been declared a ‘land mafia’ by the Yogi Adityanath government, added that prominent leaders like Mahatma Gandhi and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel had appealed to Muslims to stay back but today, the community is being dealt with badly.
“Bapu, Maulana Azad, Sardar Patel, Nehru ji asked us to stay back. The Muslims who were about to leave the country stayed back. Bapu had assured us that this nation is as much ours as it is anyone else’s. But what is the treatment being meted out? We are told our place is either in the grave or in Pakistan,” Khan said.
It’s the punishment Muslims are getting after 1947, says SP leader Azam Khan on mob lynching incidents