New Delhi/Rampur: Rebel Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan, who stoutly opposed the party roping in Kalyan Singh, on Sunday resigned as the Samajwadi Party general secretary and from its parliamentary board, blaming some for “tarnishing” the party’s secular image.
Khan, who was also involved in a feud with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh on Jaya Prada’s candidature from Rampur, took the decision a day after the 47-year-old cine star won the Lok Sabha polls.
Khan announced his decision in Rampur, skipping the SP parliamentary board meeting in Delhi.
“I was one of the few mentors of the establishment after the Emergency and I would continue to struggle with all my might to keep the party free from the clutches of the so-called socialist leaders, who were conspiring to tarnish the socialist and secular image of the party,” he said.
Khan stuck to his stand that SP’s friendship with Kalyan Singh has done damage to the party. “The entire Muslim community is angry over the friendship on Mulayam Singh Yadav with Kalyan Singh. I will continue my opposition in this regard till Kalyan Singh is thrown out.”