Mayawati speaks up for SP’s Azam Khan: “Strangling of justice”

BSP supremo Mayawati on Thursday said senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan’s continued incarceration is being regarded as a “strangulation of justice” by the common man.

“In this sequence, the matter of continuous hateful and terror (like) action by the UP government on its opponents and keeping senior MLA Mohammad Azam Khan in jail for about two-and-a-half years is in the news which, in the eyes of the people, if not strangulating justice then what,” said former UP CM.

Former MP and current MLA Khan is currently in jail on several charges including corruption. He has been lodged in Sitapur jail for over two years. He has got bail in 88 out of 89 cases.

In a series of tweets, the BSP president, hit out at the BJP government for targeting the poor, Dalits, tribals and Muslims and harassment of its political opponents.

“In Uttar Pradesh and other BJP ruled states, like the Congress, the manner in which poor, Dalits, tribals and Muslims are being harassed by making them victims of atrocities and fear is very sad, whereas their (BJP) kindness is continuing in the affairs of others,” read Mayawati’s tweet in Hindi.

The tallest Dalit politician in the country also slammed the demolition drives carried out in several places including the national capital Delhi by BJP controlled civic authorities.

She said: “The manner in which migrants and working people are being made victims of fear and terror in the name of encroachment by adopting a malicious attitude in many states of the country and their livelihood is being snatched, raises many questions and is also a matter of concern.”