India Elections : Samajwadi Party expels Azam Khan for six years

Samajwadi Party Sunday expelled senior leader Mohammad Azam Khan for six years for anti-party activities, capping weeks of bitter feud with SP leadership over its closeness with former BJP leader Kalyan Singh and its choice of Jaya Prada as candidate from Rampur.

Azam Khan(60) locked horns with the SP leadership weeks before the Lok Sabha elections over the party getting close to former BJP leader Kalyan Singh and its choice of actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada as candidate from his home turf in Rampur.

60-year-old Khan, SP MLA from Rampur and a founder-member of the party, had actively campaigned against cine actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada in the constituency and made adverse comments against Amar Singh.

Khan had raised banner of revolt against the party leadership after declaration of Jaya Prada’s candidature from Rampur and also 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.

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