Are Azam Khan and Asaduddin Owaisi coming together in UP?

Source : SIFY
By : Syed Ubaidur Rahman
Last Updated: Thu, Jun 02, 2016 12:16 hrs

Azam Khan is frustrated over the return of Amar Singh in Samajwadi Party. The Parliamentary Affairs minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government, Azam Khan has expressed his displeasure on Amar Singh’s nomination for Rajya Sabha by Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

A speculative report in Urdu daily Roznama Inquilab says Azam Khan has become so frustrated by the Samajwadi Party supremo’s latest decision that he is planning to quit the party and join hands with Asaduddin Owaisi’s MIM. 

This seems highly unlikely as Azam Khan, despite leaving the party a few years ago, never joined any other political forum despite feelers from Congress Party and the BSP.

The Inquilab report says, “Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) president and firebrand MP from Hyderabad who has been trying to establish his party in UP may get a huge success in the state as disgruntled SP leader Azam Khan may join hands with him. 

Shahi imam, Ahmad Bukhari is ready to join hands with him and Azam Khan can be given the party’s charge in UP”

“It should be kept in mind that Bukhari and Azam Khan are sworn enemies and have been criticizing each other for years. Nonetheless both are very angry with SP leadership right now. While Bukhari is angry as he claims no Muslim was included in the SP’s list of 7 Rajya Sabha nominees, Azam Khan is angry over Amar Singh’s nomination for the Rajya Sabha. Recently in a party meet when the issue of Amar Singh’s return in the SP cropped up, Khan walked out of the meet. 

Things didn’t stop here. Khan even went to the extent that he sent his resignation letter from all party posts and ministries. The SP patriarch didn’t accept his resignation. His resignation shows his frustration with the party bosses”. 

The report goes on to add, “Bukhari is ready to join hands with Khan and Owaisi. He is also ready to ignore past differences with Azam Khan. He is talking of a common minimum program to join hands with the duo. 

Bukhari says he doesn’t want to become minister or to go to Parliament. If there is common minimum program that gives preference to issues like security for Muslims and increased employment opportunities, he is ready to join hands”. 

Need for strong anti-BJP alliance

Bihar Chief Minister and JDU chief Nitish Kumar has been trying to coax regional parties to joining hands and form an alternative political alliance. During the recently held swearing in ceremony of West Bengal chief minister Mamta Banerjee, Lalu Yadav and Farooq Abdullah talked about it in detail. 

While writing on the issue, Delhi based Sehroza Dawat says, “Apart from the fact that BJP’s whole ideology is dangerous for religious tolerance and the Constitution based on it, a powerful opposition is necessary for a democratic nation. 

It becomes all the more important when there is a threat of an authoritarian rule in the country. Without a powerful Opposition, the whole concept of scrutiny besides that of check and balance is meaningless. 

The ruling alliance can be kept away from wandering only when it is sure that its performance is constantly being watched and analyzed and that it can face tough consequences if it commits mistakes. If the ruling dispensation is unchecked, no power can stop it from becoming autocratic”. 

“The single-party rule of the Congress party in the past was ruthless only due to the fact that it had no fear of scrutiny from any quarter including the opposition parties. This was the reason it acted as it wished. The same theory is true about other political parties as well. 

This is the reason political pundits are unanimous about the role of a powerful opposition to make the issue of scrutiny and appraisal meaningful…now while talking of an opposition alliance to keep the BJP under check, the leaders of such alliance need to have a clear vision. 

Its success will depend only when such an alliance proves that it is a better option than the BJP. It is a long and tough process and without a clear objective the whole concept is destined to flop.”

Barelwis and Deobandis unite

Barelwi Sunni leader Maulana Tauqeer Raza’s recent visit to renowned seminary Darul Uloom in Deoband, UP, is the talk of the town. Deobandi and Barelwi are two important sub-sects of Hanafi schools of thought among the Indian Muslims. 

Despite the two sects being follower of Hanafi school of thought, the two have become poles apart. Nonetheless, Maulana Tauqir Raza’s recent visit to the Darul Uloom seems to be the beginning of a new chapter in the strained relations of the Barelwis and Deobandis.

A report in Urdu daily Roznama Sahara says, “The destruction of Babri Masjid on 6 December 1992 impacted the Indian Muslims the same way the 9/11 changed the world forever. This was the day when the sense of being secure under the Indian Union and its Constitution was shattered. 

This huge loss should have united the Indian Muslims. Nonetheless the people who have made community politics their bread and butter didn’t allow it to happen. This was also due to the lack of any political strategy among the Indian Muslims. 

The way Muslim youth are being implicated in terror cases without any proof should have brought them together. Alas, it didn’t happen.”

“Maulana Tauqir Raza has taken a step that is going to change things completely…Tauqir Raza didn’t talk of unity of the Muslims in India, he took a timely and very important step in this direction…He said we can come together despite following our own sufi teachings”.

“Muslims need to take a clear stand against targeting of Muslim youth by police and agencies. It has been proved time and again that a large number of cases against Muslim youth who were arrested and put behind bars were completely fabricated. 

Courts have been releasing such youths regularly. But many of the youths who have lost years and decades in such fabricated cases and their images and those of their family members tarnished are not compensated. 

Who will give them back their youth they lost behind bars due to completely false cases? Muslims leadership needs to have a very clear planning to fight this menace legally in courts across the country. Tauqir Raza’s first step in this regard will definitely bear some fruits in this regard” says the report.