Mulayam says Azam`s return `final`, accepts all demands

The Samajwadi Party today moved a step closer to bringing Azam Khan back into the party fold a year after he was expelled, with party chief Mulyam Singh Yadav saying that he has accepted Khan`s "demands".

Last Updated: Nov 22, 2010, 21:24 PM IST

New Delhi: The Samajwadi Party today
moved a step closer to bringing Azam Khan back into the party
fold a year after he was expelled, with party chief Mulyam
Singh Yadav saying that he has accepted Khan`s "demands".

"His return into party is final now...he could be with
us within a few hours or a few days," Mulayam Singh Yadav told
reporters here.

He also offered to nominate Khan as Leader of the
Opposition in UP legislative assembly.

While Khan`s expulsion from the SP was revoked
recently, it is for the first time that the SP chief has
openly announced his return into the party fold.

Khan, a founder member of SP, had revolted after the
party joined hands with former BJP leader Kalyan Singh and
renominated Rampur MP Jayaprada in the Lok Sabha elections
last year.

Initially, Yadav had tried to persuade Khan to stop
his rebellion but took action against him after the then SP
national general secretary Amar Singh threatened to quit over
Khan`s tirade against him and Jayaprada.

Later, Singh and Jayaprada too were expelled in
February for "anti-party activities".

Mulayam`s announcement came a day after members of
`mushwarat council` -- an outfit comprising Khan`s supporters
-- met him to hand over a letter written by him.

In his letter, Khan said the past episodes should be
forgotten as a "nightmare" and they should strive hard for a
"better tomorrow".

Yadav indicated that SP was willing to nominate Khan
as Leader of the Opposition in UP legislative assembly.

"Shivpal Yadav (Mulayam`s younger brother) has already offered
to step down in his favour...he did the right thing," Yadav
said.

Yadav said the council members had handed over seven
suggestions made by Khan. Khan has himself termed the
suggestions as his "charter of demands".

"The suggestions are good and acceptable to us," Yadav
said adding that they relate to Muslims, farmers and the
Samajwadi movement.

-PTI

Bhubaneswar: The Winter session of Orissa Assembly starting on Monday is set to be stormy with Opposition parties sharpening their armoury to corner the BJD government
in wake of High Court declaring land acquisition for the Rs 15,000 crore proposed Vedanta University as illegal.

With the high court last week quashing the land acquisition made by the state government for the proposed world class university, both Congress and BJP are gearing up to mount a blistering attack on the ruling BJD and demand resignation of Naveen Patnaik over the issue.

The ruling BJD, on its part, worked out strategies to face the opposition attack over Vedanta and other issues like Maoist menace, corruption and mining scam during the
month-long session.

Leader of opposition Bhupinder Singh, who has been demanding resignation of Patnaik ever since the HC pronounced its verdict on Vedanta University, said Congress would raise the issue of illegalities committed by the government with full steam and ask the chief minister to step down forthwith.

"After the HC verdict, the BJD government has lost all rights to remain in power as all illegal actions have been exposed," he said.

Speaking in similar vein, leader of BJP legislature party KV Singh Deo said the BJD government would be cornered for a number of irregularities including Vedanta project for which chief minister`s resignation is being demanded.

Opposition parties have also planned campaigns outside the Assembly to press for Patnaik`s resignation with Congress leaders likely to petition Governor MC Bhandare.

Unfazed by opposition onslaught, the chief minister said the government is prepared to face any challenge and for discussion on any issue. He maintained that his government has always been transparent in its functioning.

PTI