Published On: Thu, Apr 10th, 2014


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According to senior leader  of SP Azam Khan on Tuesday while campaigning in Ghaziabad “Those who fought for victory in Kargil were not Hindu soldiers, in fact the ones who fought for our victory were Muslim soldiers,”. Khan also went on to say that no one can guard the country’s borders better than those from the Muslim community.”Recruit us in the Indian Army. No one can guard the borders of our nation better than us,”

His comments evoked strong reactions from several quarters. But Azam Khan remains defiant and has tried to justify his remarks.

The senior Samajwadi Party leader on Wednesday said his statement should be welcomed, and asked why people feel bad when talked about the contributions of the Muslim community. “What is wrong with my statement? It should be welcomed,” said a defiant Khan.

“I want to say that if we sacrifice our lives on the borders, if we take back our mountains from Pakistan in the war, then why do people feel bad about it? Why can’t we talk about contributions of Muslims for the country?” he asked. Azam Khan’s comments evoked sharp reactions from several political parties.

A BJP delegation met the Election Commission to lodge a complaint against Azam Khan’s remarks. BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad criticized Khan over his remarks and said it is very demoralizing for the Army personnel.”Soldiers who sacrificed their lives are being categorized based on religion just for votes; nothing can be more unfortunate,” he said.

The Samajwadi Party, however, reacted cautiously to the statement.  Shivpal Yadav said”In the army as well as during the freedom struggle all including Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs and Christians were one and fought together and achieved success with the support of all, But when any one section of society is neglected it feels the pain, when the aspirations are not fulfilled they feel the pain. He could have made his thoughts public but he as well as Samajwadi Party are together for the interest of nation as well as society,”

Azam Khan blamed the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh for questioning the contribution of Muslims in the country. Meanwhile, the Election Commission has sought details of Azam Khan’s speech.

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