CHIEF MINISTER Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday presented Mohammad Ali Jauhar University (MAJU) as a major poll-plank to woo the Muslims.
Addressing a huge gathering on the occasion of the foundation-stone laying ceremony of the MAJU, 6 km from Rampur, Yadav sought a ‘referendum’ of sort from the people of Rampur. “How many of you are willing to bring back the Samajwadi Party to power, raise your hands?” asked the CM.
And seeing some support in his favour, Yadav asked again, “Then should I think of striking alliances?”
Without naming any political party, he said “Even as you and I are participating in the ceremony, there must be people dying to destroy the university.
Therefore, it was a must for you all to bring me back to power.”
Going soft on the Congress, Yadav said he had been telling his lieutenants general secretary Amar Singh and Minister for Urban Development Azam Khan to desist from attacking the Congress, as all other parties barring the CPI (M) were against the SP.
As for the MAJU, the chief minister assured the private university would never face any financial crisis. He conceded the demand of Azam Khan for opening a medical college in the university.
Yadav said the SP government had done the kind of work that no other previous governments had ever done in the state.
He said the percentage of Muslims in police was only 2 per cent before the SP government took over. During the present regime it went up to 14.6 per cent and in Moradabad alone, the percentage of the Mulsims selected in the police had risen to 30. He lamented the low percentage of the Muslims in the defence forces, especially army.
Hailing the efforts of Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar and his brother Shaukat Ali during the freedom struggle, he said Mahatma Gandhi held the brothers in high esteem.
Yadav said the University would have been completed some 10 years ago, “but a senior colleague of mine had backstabbed me.”
To further endear the Muslims, Yadav dug some old graves.
One of the incidents that he referred to was the raid on Nadwa by CBI-IB in 90s. “The IB people termed me as a terrorist,” he said. President of the Muslim Personal Law Board and rector of Nadwa Rabe Hasani Nadwi was also present on the occasionAbout distributing sarees, the CM sympathised with women who had no clothes. He said no matter what the critics say, he would distribute sarees and dhotis to the poor. On the unemployment allowance, the chief minister said the situation of unemployment was so bad in the State that there were some girls who had seen a bank cheque for the first time.