Azad not leader of Indian Muslims: Azam Khan

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who was recently booked under the charge of sedition for his controversial remarks on Kashmir, Sunday stuck to his stand that Ghulam Nabi Azad of Kashmir cannot be the leader of Muslims of the country.

"I have said this in the past and will continue to say that Ghulam Nabi Azad of Kashmir cannot be the leader of the Muslims of the country," he said while addressing a function organised at party headquarters here.

"There could be nothing more unfortunate like this for the 110 crore people that a person like me is being called a traitor," Khan added.

On January 18, a local court in Badaun had directed the police to register an FIR against the SP leader on the charge of sedition for his remarks on Kashmir. The order came on an application filed by Bajrang Dal leader U Gupta.

"Only one Muslim minister (Azad) is there in the (Union) Cabinet and that too not of India, but from Kashmir. That Kashmir, which is still controversial and we don't know whether that is part of India or not...," Khan had reportedly said at a public meeting in Badaun last month.

He said that it was being propagated almost every day that Sonia Gandhi is a foreigner and cannot become the Prime Minister of the country. "In this case there is no contempt of court or violation of any law."

Khan alleged that the Congress pursued the appeasement policy and cheated the Muslims.

"The Congress plays with the emotions of the Muslims. It takes their votes but does not give them representation in the government," he said.

It was due to the SP that a person was promoted as a Cabinet minister at the Centre, he claimed, referring to Salman Khurshid getting a Cabinet rank in the recent reshuffle.