Azam Khan denies he offered to resign
Terming his removal as minister in-charge of Meerut as "improper", SP leader Mohd Azam Khan today admitted writing a letter to the UP CM Akhilesh Yadav but denied that he has offered to quit.india Updated: Jul 26, 2012 17:12 IST
Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Thursday denied that he has offered to quit after he was removed as minister in-charge of Meerut but said he did write a letter to Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
"How can I say something which I have not done... I am not here to weaken the government. In fact, those leaking such serious communication to the media are trying to weaken the government which has been formed after the misrule of the previous government," he told reporters in Delhi.
Khan said that his removal was "improper".
Earlier, reports said that Khan has shot off a letter to Akhilesh Yadav, saying that the UP chief minister could remove him from his cabinet if he was found unfit to be a minister.
In his letter, reports said, Khan offered to resign from the post of minister in-charge of Ghaziabad and Muzaffarnagar districts, saying if he was unfit to be in-charge of Meerut, he could not be the guardian minister of other districts too.
Panchayati Raj minister Balram Yadav has been given the charge of Meerut district, sources in UP government said in Lucknow.
Though there was no word from the party on the issue, the development is said to be a fallout of differences between Khan and UP minister of state Shahid Manzoor, who is a three time MLA from Kithore in Meerut, they said.
Khan, who is urban development and minorities welfare minister, was the minister in-charge of Ghaziabad, Meerut and Muzzafarnagar and responsible for development projects in these districts.