Azam Khan back, melodrama follows

Mirza Ghalib’s line – bade beabroo hokar tere kooche se hum nikale was forgotten and the expelled firebrand leader Azam Khan returned to where he really belongs. There were all the ingredients of a Madrasi film – sobbings embrace, hugs and of course, plenty of tears. Once expelled from the party; he received a hero’s welcome. The old complaints were forgotten at the time of happy reunion.

While Shivpal Singh Yadav, Mulayam’s brother, came with the tantalising offer – the post of leader of opposition a shrewd Azam declined to accept the gesture. He declined by saying that this would make others comment that his return to party was not principles governed but was post-oriented. It is likely that he might assume the office of General Secretary of the party.

It may be recalled that Azam had left the party on the ground that by embracing Kalyan Singh into party’s fold Mulayam Singh had hurt Muslim sentiments. However, his opponents do not endorse this excuse. According to them the reason behind his outburst was offer of Rampur Lok Sabha seat to Jayaprada. Now, when both Amar Singh and Jayaprada as well as Kalyan Singh have jumped out of the SP bandwagon; Azam’s return became a well predicted affair. His arrival in SP has earned him brickbats too. There was a lot of washing of dirty linens in public when both Azam Khan and Amarsingh made allegation and counter allegation against each other.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 January 2011 on page no. 6

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