SP ascribes Khurshid`s upgradation, Beni`s induction to itself

SP credited itself with Salman Khurshid getting a Cabinet rank and Beni Prasad Verma a berth in the Union Council of Ministers.

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2011, 18:44 PM IST

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party on Saturday credited itself with Salman Khurshid getting a Cabinet rank and Beni Prasad Verma a berth in the Union Council of Ministers, ascribing the move to certain statements made by its leaders.

"Salman Khurshid was upgraded to cabinet rank only after SP leader Azam Khan raised the issue of lack of Muslim representation in the Union Cabinet," Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav said at a function to mark senior party leader Janeshwar Misra`s death anniversary here.

Claiming that Kurshid would not have got the cabinet rank if Khan had not raised the issue of inadequate Muslim representation in the Union Vabinet, the SP supremo said, "It would be appropriate if Khurshid comes and takes the blessings from Khan."
On the ministerial berth to his former party colleague Beni Prasad Verma, who joined the Congress after quitting SP and went on to become an MP from Gonda, Yadav said it was a comment by him (Yadav) which helped him get it.

"I had told Beni that he was wasting his time in the Congress and it would be better if he comes with me and it was only after this statement that Beni was made minister of state," Yadav said, adding Beni is in a party whose ideology does not suit him.

Expressing his displeasure over a case of sedition filed against senior party leader Azam Khan for his remarks on Kashmir, Yadav said it was a conspiracy against Khan.
"Can Azam Khan ever be a traitor..... it is a conspiracy to frame him on such a serious charge," he said.

A case of sedition was filed against Khan after he allegedly made a statement in Badaun recently questioning the status of Kashmir as an integral part of India.

Attacking the union government for lack of Muslim representation in the union cabinet, Khan had said, "There is only one Muslim, Ghulam Nabi Azad in the central cabinet and he too is from Kashmir, that Kashmir which is not clear whether it is in India or Pakistan."

On his statement, a local Bajrang Dal leader Ujjawal Gupta filed a case of sedition against Khan following court directives.

PTI