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
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