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BJP demands Azam Khan’s resignation

Statesman News Service |

BJP on Wednesday demanded the arrest and resignation of Uttar Pradesh minister Azam Khan and for dubbing Bhim Rao Ambedkar as someone who grabs land.

"Such comments are highly objectionable. There is no place for people like Azam Khan in the society. A criminal case should be registered against him and he should be arrested," BJP SC wing chief Dushyant Gautam said.

Earlier in the day, a BJP delegation led by state party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya submitted a memorandum to Governor Ram Naik at Raj Bhawan demanding Khan’s dismissal from the cabinet for "hurting sentiments by making derogatory remarks against Ambedkar".

At the inauguration of Haj House in Ghaziabad on Monday, Khan without naming Ambedkar had said: "All across Uttar Pradesh, there are statues of a person whose finger seems to say that not only does it own the plot of land on which it is standing, but also the plot towards which it is pointing its finger.

BJP on Wednesday held protests across the state against Khan’s remarks, Maurya said, adding the BJP district president and other workers were injured in the lathicharge by police on protesters in Lucknow.

"We request to make such an arrangement that those making such statements against great persons should be brought to book irrespective of their stature," he said.

The UP BJP leader also attacked Opposition parties for remaining silent over the issue.