Under attack from dissenting SP leader Azam Khan and some of that party's members, former UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh on Tuesday claimed that minorities had no problem with him and only those Muslim leaders who were denied tickets by SP were publicly opposing him.
Ostensibly replying to the most prominent voice of dissent in the SP, Azam Khan, who had been openly opposing the party's friendship with the "hero of Babri mosque demolition", Kalyan Singh said "he would be going to Rampur, the home town of Khan where he (Khan) is going all out opposing party nominee Jaya Prada".
"Jaya Prada is SP nominee and I had given her my aashirvad (blessings) long ago.I would also go there to campaign for her", Singh told PTI over phone from Etah where he is in fray as SP supported independent candidate.
He said it was wrong to say that Muslims were unhappy over the "friendship" between him and the SP chief.
"There could be some leaders who could be criticising me but the common Muslims are with us as their, as well as our aim is the same and that is to trounce the BJP at the hustings", he said, without naming Azam Khan or his barbs.
Singh pointed out that only those Muslim leaders who had been denied party tickets by the SP had been publicly opposing him. "Shafiq-ur-rehman Burq, Salim Sherwani and Ikhlaq who were against me had been denied SP tickets and once they have got tickets by joining other parties they have become silent", Singh said.