Maulana Mulayam betrays Muslims


When the Samajwadi Party won the state assembly elections in 2012 by a landslide majority, even Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati acknowledged the fact that her party lost the elections because the Muslims in the state of Uttar Pradesh did not vote for her and chose the Samajwadi Party instead.

The Samajwadi Party has always had a strong Muslim base in UP- primarily due to the presence of strong leaders like Azam Khan, and the party’s role in stopping the attacks on Babri Masjid in the early 90s, earning its leader Mulayam Singh Yadav the epithet of Maulana Mulayam.

Since then the party has been very close to the Muslim community in the state, and has always cold-shouldered communal forces and parties like the BJP. These things have further endeared the SP to the Muslims in Uttar Pradesh.

When Akhilesh Yadav was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, many believed this to be a crucial step in the evolution of the Samajwadi Party and improve its maligned image as the ‘Gunda Raj Party’.  Akhilesh Yadav came to power on his motto of good governance.

However, since coming to power, Akhilesh Yadav seems to have lost his steam as more than a hundred communal/sectarian riots have taken place in the state under his watch. He himself admitted in March last year that as many as 27 incidents of communal violence had occurred in UP since his party came to power.

Then the disaster of Muzaffarnagar happened, where the Akhilesh Yadav government failed to handle even the aftermath of the gruesome riots that killed 60 people and drove another 50,000 homeless.  Mulayam Singh Yadav called the people in relief camps as activists from other parties. A bureaucrat in the SP government dismissed the deaths of children saying, “No one really dies from the cold”. This insensitivity was further aggravated when the party spent crores of rupees in organizing the Saifai Mahotsav when the displaced riot victims were dying of the bitter winter cold.

Even the capital city of Lucknow has witnessed a few sectarian clashes between the Shias and Sunnis in the last two years, where lives were lost and property worth lakhs was destroyed. The administration failed to tackle the violence, exposing yet another serious lapse in Yadav’s performance as the leader of the state and its Muslim residents.

It is clear that communal tension has been simmering in the state, but the fatal blow was the SP government’s decision to not do anything about it and ignore it. In the riots that ensued in Western UP, the ruling SP government has been accused of not doing enough to stop the violence from escalating, despite the fact that there were early warnings of the violence escalating.

The Supreme Court recently came out with a report saying that the UP government failed to protect the fundamental rights of the people in Muzaffarnagar, and the court blamed the SP government for negligence. Reacting to this, Mulayam Singh Yadav took the blame but maintained that his party’s resolve to fight and defeat communal forces from coming to power remains as strong as ever.

The most controversial case to come to light was the killing of a police officer- the DSP of Kunda, Zia-ul-Haq- where allegations were leveled against SP’s cabinet minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh, alias Raja Bhaiyya.  The minister was shockingly acquitted, and justice for Zia-ul-Haq’s murder is yet to be delivered.

The Muslims who have shown their unflinching support to Maulana Mulayam increasingly feel betrayed by the Samajwadi Party, even though party has the support of a powerful Muslim face in the form of Azam Khan. The many failures of the SP government in UP has dismayed the Muslims of the state, and the party faces a bitter test in the Muslim dominated constituencies.

The author, Uzair Hasan Rizvi, is a journalism student at Jamia Millia Islamia. He tweets at @rizviuzair

  • zeeshan

    Foremost thing to look into this article is that its been jotted by a student of shia community as he has RIZVI sir name ,who r minorities within the minority muslims ,They make 7-8 percent of total muslim community in India , Secondly they r staunch enemies of Azam khan, n they will remain so to anyone with the sunni background . Muslims stands firm with azam khan at this stage .AAP though is able to dilute vote bank of muslims n hindu community , but Azam serves as the strong hold-point to represent the muslim community best interest .Likes of bukhari r of the nature (behti ganga mein hath dholo ) .B4 2012 election eveybody knew SP will win the support of Muslim because of Azam reinduction.Bukhari just played the game to get his share of pie n definitely Bukhari does not share the main stream view from which the community is going through .
    Yadavs n their pals r just busy playing game how to override azam by bringing another person into pic who can like a moron just listen to them n can even maintain their vote bank. Recent induction of Muslim minsters in the UP cabinet does not hv the metal n credibility to represent Muslim community , if thing goes the same way then muslim comunity will either find their valued share in Congress or AAP . Myself will go for AAP .
    Congress has ben given chance too many times ,LIke they hv given too much freedom to AMU n JAMIA n other minority institutions such that even the admission n appointment procedure in Jamia n AMU r a big scam n r conspired every time .
    n since 2004 congress has turned a blind eye on these issues, in real term they have mad a mockery of muslim community n human lives .

    ……..Former Engg Graduate ,JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA..

    • asif khan

      Ya azam is not been provided with a fair chance in this govt, he shld have been the CM n not akhilesh

    • uzair

      when 100 of Muslims die in U.P. , i feel ashamed that you are still identifying and differentiating me on basis of my name….
      the article has not been written by a shia a sunni a sufi or a salafi, A furious Muslim have taken his views when the party that spreads a wrong message of being closer backstabs you ..

      • zeeshan

        I believe u r an art graduate student, u hv no idea of technicalties even in social circle n no xperiance, u still need to grow more, start knowing who azam really is. N all the people in his circle u will get ur answer who backstab who .
        On a personal level, shia people always befriended n called me their best frnd, but their was not a single instance when they had losen the opportunity not to back stab me, u know its in their blood, shia community r a birth due to ignorance n dogma from Muhammad (as) islam.

        In my life I hv never seen any person from any religion backstabbing us other than shia community member

        Regarding 40 muslim died in riot, it was a judgemental error on political n administrative level ,
        N certainly it was not lack of
        will n intent on their part to deal with such issues like we hv seen in gujrat

        • uzair

          you certainly seem to be a die-hard samajwad, and what you say about religion i chose to ignore that, because i am not like you.

          • zeeshan

            I m a diehard fan of prophet muhammad(as). Just for the sake of opposing someone u do not make scapegoat of anyone , there r 1000 other thing which need to b looked into , like policies which effect daily people lives .
            U only need to broaden up ur scale of understanding, bsp voted to power will certaily divide UP state Into 4 , then muslims will b unable to b a votebank , congress make very wrong policies unintentionally , bjp r killer of humanity, regarding AAP it still need to go long to leave its carbon footprint . So I m not with SP exactly , I know azam khan is their to look into many matter with utmost sincerity n dedication towards righteousness as per islam.

  • asif khan

    The first comment has more juice than the article itself by uzair hussain lol.

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