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Samajwadi Party expels Azam Khan for six years

Lucknow, Sun, 24 May 2009 ANI

Lucknow, May 24 (ANI): The Samajwadi Party on Sunday expelled senior leader Mohammad Azam Khan for six years for anti-party activities, capping weeks of bitter feud with the party leadership over its closeness with former BJP leader Kalyan Singh and its choice of Jayaprada as the party candidate for the Rampur Lok Sabha constituency.


"Azam Khan was involved in anti-party activities for a long time. Despite the national leadership's request he continued indisciplined behaviour and did not attend party meetings due to which he has been expelled from the party for six years," the party's state president, Shivpal Singh Yadav, said.


Khan, 60, a founder member of the party, had actively campaigned against Jayaprada in the Rampur constituency and made adverse comments against Amar Singh.


Khan had raised the banner of revolt against the party leadership after JayapPrada's candidature from Rampur was declared. He was also peeved over Mulayam Singh Yadav's friendship with former BJP leader Kalyan Singh, who was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh during the 1992 Babri mosque demolition.


He had termed Yadav's closeness with Kalyan Singh as against the sentiments of Muslims. (ANI)


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