Tension in Fatehpur was due to 'lack of tolerance': Azam Khan

Rampur, Jan 16: Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan today said the tension in Fatehpur district on the occasion of Makar Sankranti two days ago was triggered due to "lack of tolerance" and asserted that the state government took appropriate action to bring situation under control.

He also said the tradition of "sitting near the feet of the leaders" was started by BSP, which recently canceled the ticket of its Atrauli seat candidate for the 2017 assembly polls Sangeeta Chowdhury on grounds of indiscipline after she posted a picture on Facebook in which she and her children are seen touching the feet of party supremo Mayawati.

Azam speaks over tension in Fatehpur

Taking to reporters here, Khan said the tension in Fatehpur "occurred due to lack of tolerance...tolerance should be generated and enhanced. The state government has taken appropriate action (in this regard)."

On BSP cancelling the ticket of its candidate, he said, "help leaders wear shoes and sit near their feet was a tradition started by BSP itself. And, it is considered as an honor for party activists."

Asked about the issue of minority status to Aligarh Muslim University, Khan said, "The minorities are accorded justice by only a Muslim authority."


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