Who will now replace Azam Khan in Samajwadi Party?
Assembly elections 2022 in Uttar Pradesh are now near. In such a situation, all the political parties have started working on the caste equations. In Uttar Pradesh, it is said that till now different political parties have occupied power due to caste equation. Uttar Pradesh has the highest 52% backward voters, in which 20% vote bank of the total population is Muslim. At the same time, the Samajwadi Party is holding the maximum on the backward vote bank. Especially on the MY equation (Muslim, Yadav).
Muslim voters are in a decisive role in 150 seats of the state. At the same time, in the last two elections, the maximum faith of Muslims has been on the Samajwadi Party. Because Samajwadi Party had strong Muslim leader Azam Khan. This time he is lodged in Sitapur jail, in such a situation the biggest difficulty before the SP is to field someone to woo the voters as a Muslim leader.
SP had old relation with Muslims
Samajwadi Party’s patron Mulayam Singh Yadav made Yadav and Muslim the core voters of the party, due to which the Samajwadi Party first captured the power of the state in 1993. At the same time, the faith of Yadav voters is still with the SP, but now the party has no Muslim leader left to handle the Muslim vote bank. After Azam Khan went to jail, the party has not been able to field anyone as a Muslim leader.
Although the Samajwadi Party believes that the party is a party of Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians all. Samajwadi Party spokesperson Nahid Lahiri says that there is a relationship of heart with Muslims, Dalits, Backwards. What has happened in Rampur for Azam Khan has been done by the administration and the Congress trio. At the same time, he expressed confidence that Azam Khan will come out soon.
Asaduddin Owaisi threatens SP
Asaduddin Owaisi, the national president of AIMIM in Uttar Pradesh, has become active in the assembly elections for the first time in Uttar Pradesh. At the same time, his efforts are continuing to make a dent in the Muslim vote bank. He has announced to field candidates on 100 Muslim-majority seats. The national president of the Samajwadi Party is uncomfortable with this. In the 2022 elections, now the Samajwadi Party is missing its Muslim leader Azam Khan. Now the Samajwadi Party is making Azam Khan’s imprisonment as an election issue and is attacking the BJP.
Who will be the Muslim face of SP after Azam Khan?
These days the process of joining the Muslim leaders in the Samajwadi Party is also going on. When Salim Iqbal Sherwani of Congress joined the SP, the SP also got a big Muslim face. He has been an MP for five times. At the same time, as the second Muslim leader, Mukhtar Ansari’s elder brother Sibgatullah Ansari joined the SP along with his son. He has a good hold in Mau, Ghazipur of Purvanchal. In such a situation, the lack of Azam Khan to some extent can be fulfilled by these two leaders.
Azam Khan’s Political Journey
Samajwadi Party’s strong leader Azam Khan is considered as a good speaker, he is also a strong Muslim leader. He is holding equally well among Muslims. He also holds the record for winning the most elections from a single seat. 9 consecutive times MLA has been elected from Rampur assembly seat. He has been active in politics since 1977. He became MLA for the first time in 1980 on Janata Dal ticket, second time in 1985 on Lok Dal ticket. In 1989, after winning the election from the Janata Dal, became an MLA for the third time. In 1991, for the fourth time, the Janata Party won the election. Then his winning streak continued from 1996 to 2017.
Azam Khan’s journey to jail
Azam Khan was considered a strong leader in the Samajwadi Party. He has been a major contributor to the SP’s capture of power. He had a big identity as the Muslim face of the party, but Azam Khan began to tighten his grip as soon as Yogi Adityanath’s government was formed in Uttar Pradesh in 2017. Azam Khan surrendered in the court of Rampur on 26 February 2020, after which he is still lodged in Sitapur Jail.
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