Accusations intensify in Azam-Yaqoob feud
THE WAR between Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan and Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi intensified further today with accusations and counter-accusations over the proposed Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur.india Updated: Apr 25, 2006 01:20 IST
THE WAR between Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan and Minister for Haj and Minorities Welfare Haji Yaqoob Qureshi intensified further today with accusations and counter-accusations over the proposed Maulana Mohammad Ali Jauhar University in Rampur.
While Qureshi shot off a letter to Khan demanding back Rs 10 lakh which had given to him at a function in Meerut for the university, Khan in his reply on Monday asked him to avoid politicking on the issue. Khan in his sarcastic letter, released to the Press here, asked Qureshi to rise above petty politics and stop improper interference in the matter of the university. However, Qureshi told Hindustan Times on phone that Khan’s missive was in reply to his letter in which he had sought return of the donation.
Qureshi accused Khan of raising funds in the name of the university. Asserting that the university was not going to help the Muslim community, Qureshi said because of his (Khan’s) rigid attitude of becoming pro-chancellor of the university, the government-sponsored bill for the university could not be cleared. He accused Khan of being guided more by vested interest than the spirit for the welfare of the community. Qureshi said the people of Meerut had raised Rs 10 lakh for the university but now they had realised that the project was of no use and they were asking that the money be returned.
However, Khan said “We should rise above personal interests in the matter”.
Telling the minister that he should give a respectable turn to his life, Khan advised him to keep off the university row. He said more than 100 acres of land had been purchased and construction work had already begun. Khan said the establishment of the university was a movement for him and there was no going back on the issue. The donation given by Qureshi had been utilised in the project. He said the golden crown and ring presented at the function, had been returned to Qureshi.