Lucknow, Aug 20 (): Reacting sharply to Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s two hour long meeting with Vishwa Hindu Parishad leader Ashok Singhal seeking a 300 km march to Ayodhya to lend a hand to build political momentum demanding for a Ram temple at the disputed Babri Masjid-Ramjanmbhoomi site, Mulayam’s most faithful substitute and senior UP minister Azam Khan said in public that the SP chief has sent a wrong message to Muslims by meeting the VHP leaders.
Expressing concern over the party chief’s meeting with the VHP leaders, Khan said in a press release that he wished Mr Yadav will not compromise on his ideals and principles. Though the Samajwadi Party has refused to permit the VHP to go ahead with its procession, the party maintaining silence on the two-hour meeting with the VHP has raised many eye brows as sources said the meeting was considered as an attempt to strike an electoral balance with voters from both communities.
Political analysts believe that the RSS, which is the ideological guru of both the VHP and the BJP, is trying to merge the Hindu vote base for the 2014 general elections stimulating the Hindutva agenda. The VHP is expected to launch a massive procession for the chaurasi-kos in Ayodhya and has sent invitation to saints from all over the country to attend the yatra scheduled to start from September 25.
Hoping that Mulayam Singhji would not make a compromise with the secular images of the country, Khan said that the SP meeting with VHP leaders has sprinkled salt on the wounds of Muslims which will take a long time to heal.
Responding to earlier reports which claimed that Mulayam Singh has accepted the VHP invitation to mediate with Muslims for the temple cause, Khan said that if the report is true then there will be no doubt that Muslims would be ready only for rebuilding of Babri mosque.