Azam threatens to sue channels
THE TUSSLE between Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan and some senior Samajwadi Party leaders took a curious turn with the TV expose slapping charges of corruption on him. While the minister on Wednesday vowed to hit back, the rivals also appeared to be determined to demolish his edifice of honesty.Updated: Feb 23, 2006 01:40 IST
THE TUSSLE between Urban Development Minister Mohd Azam Khan and some senior Samajwadi Party leaders took a curious turn with the TV expose slapping charges of corruption on him. While the minister on Wednesday vowed to hit back, the rivals also appeared to be determined to demolish his edifice of honesty.
In intra-party rivalry, the Congress has also joined the battle against the minister in Rampur. Azam, who has been carrying out campaign against former Congress MP Begum Noor Bano and BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi for their alleged involvement in land and house grabbing in Rampur, appeared defensive on his alleged move to capture the graveyard land and other properties in the town. Taking “if-I-am-not-honest-nobody-honest” line, Azam threatened to sue two TV channels and a newspaper. The minister said he would also raise the issue in the State Assembly.
Moreover, he avoided to comment SP general secretary Amar Singh’s reaction to the expose and accused the Rampur Royal family of tarnishing his image. Talking to newsmen in Rampur, Azam said he would see the end of the Royal family.
However, Talking to HT on phone, Begum Noor Bano demanded a high level inquiry into Azam’s “misdeeds”. Asserting that the minister had launched a reign of terror in the city, Noor Bano said the TV expose was true. Referring to the minister’s claim about sanction of Rs 500 crore fund for the city, Noor Bano said an inquiry should be instituted to find where the fund had gone as there had been no development in Rampur for the last two years.
The Congress would be holding a demonstration in Rampur on Thursday to press for the inquiry against the minister. She said resentment was brewing against Khan among the people. However, more than SP-Congress spat in Rampur, the issue is being seen as internal row to “fix” the minister. A powerful section in the party has not been going on well with him. The situation had of late taken a turn for the worse because of on-going brawl between Azam and Rampur MP Jayaprada.
First Published: Feb 23, 2006 01:40 IST