`Azam Khan tried to get into Congress, but was not allowed`

Mohammad Azam Khan, whose suspension from the Samajwadi Party was revoked recently, had made attempts to get in to the Congress, but the party did not admit him as it is keen to keep away "radical" leaders from its fold.

Updated: Nov 06, 2010, 21:36 PM IST

New Delhi: Mohammad Azam Khan, whose
suspension from the Samajwadi Party was revoked recently, had
made attempts to get in to the Congress, but the party did not
admit him as it is keen to keep away "radical" leaders from
its fold, a senior Congress leader said on Saturday.

The party leader said Khan, once the Muslim face of
SP, is a "radical Muslim leader" and party President Sonia
Gandhi is keen to keep away radical Muslim and radical Hindu
leaders from the party fold.

He was reacting to a question on Samajwadi Party
supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav`s decision to revoke the expulsion
of Khan, who was expelled from the party after Lok Sabha polls
last year.

The leader dismissed apprehensions that Mulayam
Singh`s decision to revoke Azam Khan`s expulsion and Allahabad
High Court verdict on Ayodhya land dispute case would help
polarise Muslim votes in favour of the Samajwadi Party in
Uttar Pradesh when the state goes for assembly elections in
2012.

PTI