Maharashtra Samajwadi Party president Abu Asim Azmi, who had alleged that Muslims were not safe under the SP rule in UP after he was denied permission to visit riot-affected Faizabad earlier this month, today expressed satisfaction with the steps taken by the state government after a meeting with Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.
“Akhilesh had called me and every issue was discussed. He explained the steps taken by him for the well-being of Muslims. I am convinced about his concern towards the community, his intentions are clear,” said Azmi.
When reminded of his previous statement, Azmi replied: “I am satisfied after the discussion with CM, but that does not absolve the government from the communal violence that took place in the state. I will continue to raise my voice and point out the shortcomings in future also.”
He said the Chief Minister was making honest efforts to improve the situation. “He assured me that he is very particular about communal riots and these will be stopped at any cost. He is making sincere efforts and I have full faith in him,” Azmi added.
Azmi said that Akhilesh had informed him about the various relief measures undertaken for Muslims affected in the riots.
“He apprised me that he had already cancelled the fair price shop of the dealer who was involved in the arson in Asthan village of Pratapgarh in June, as demanded by the local Muslims. The Gangster Act slapped on four Muslims will also be revoked,” Azmi said.
As for the Faizabad violence, Azmi stated that the CM had assured full compensation to those who suffered loss in the arson.
Azmi stated that Akhilesh also informed him about the “budgetary allocation for Muslims and various welfare schemes for them.” “The policies of the SP government are good, but these needed to be implemented properly and a tab has to be kept on certain officials and opposition parties who are bent upon spoiling our image,” Azmi added.