SP MLA quits assembly seat, joins BSP
Newly elected Samjawadi Party MLA Nawab Qazim Ali Khan on Wednesday joined Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) after resigning from the membership of the assembly. He was elected on the SP ticket from Swartada in Rampur. Ram Sewak Patel, MLA of the Uma Bharti's Bharatiya Janshakti Party also announced his merger with the BSP. Patel, elected from Binawar (Badaun) was the only member from his party.
Addressing the newsmen at the residence of Khan, PWD minister and BSP general secretary Nasimuddin Siddique said Khan had already tendered his resignation to the Speaker Sukhdeo Rajbhar and central committee had approved his induction into the BSP. Khan said "the main reason for leaving the SP is former minister Mohd Azam Khan". Khan said he won the assembly elections on SP symbol, despite a massive campaign against him by Azam Khan's supporters. Further Khan denied that there was any deal for ministerial berth in return to his joining the BSP.
Khan accused Azam Khan of letting lose a reign of terror in Rampur. Khan, who was elected on the Congress ticket in 2002, had also deserted the party to join the BSP. Later he left the BSP and joined SP in 2003. He said that Azam Khan and his supporters had backed the BJP candidate in his constituency. "I have been maintaining distance from the SP," said the MLA and claimed that he did not attend even a single function of the then chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in Rampur. He said that complaints with the Yadav against a few erring elements in the party went unheeded. Blaming the former chief ninister and Azam Khan for the May 21 din in the House, he alleged that the BJP and the SP were also involved in creating chaos.
About his image as a turncoat MLA, Khan said that the party switchovers were due to local circumstances in Rampur. Qazim had also contested twice on the Congress ticket.