SP issues notices to party MLAs for speaking against Azam Khan

In an apparent move to please its expelled leader Azam Khan, Samajwadi Party on Tuesday issued notices to two of its MLAs who had reportedly made remarks against him at a meeting of the party`s legislators here.

Last Updated: Nov 02, 2010, 23:11 PM IST

Lucknow: In an apparent move to please its
expelled leader Azam Khan, Samajwadi Party on Tuesday issued
notices to two of its MLAs who had reportedly made remarks
against him at a meeting of the party`s legislators here.

Notices have been issued to party`s Meerut MLA Shahid
Manzoor and Sambhal legislator Iqbal Mahmood by SP general
secretary Ram Gopal Yadav following a report appearing in a
section of the media saying that they issued remarks against
Azam Khan at the meeting, SP sources said.
The duo have been given a week`s time to respond to the
notices failing which disciplinary action would be taken
against them, they said.

"When the party president Mulayam Singh Yadav has already
gone on record stating that he was ready to go all the way to
Rampur, Khan`s hometown, to bring him back to the party, there
should have been no expression of dissent in public against
him, sources said.

Azam Khan, formerly a general secretary of the party, was
considered a close aide of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav
since his struggle days.

This is for the first time that the party has acted
against its MLAs for their remarks against Khan.
The MLAs who have been issued notices had reportedly
raised the issue of Azam Khan`s return to the party yesterday
with party leaders Shivpal Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav.

Azam Khan, considered a prominent Muslim face of the
party, was expelled after he vented his grievances against the
leadership for Amar Singh`s rising importance within the party
and its growing proximity with former Hindutva icon Kalyan
Singh.

PTI