The BJP candidate for the December 5, Akash Saxena, has been combating to for a very long time. He has not solely contested in opposition to Rampur’s tallest chief earlier unsuccessfully, however can be the one accountable for placing him behind bars. One of many over 40 instances Saxena has lodged in opposition to Khan (the SP chief faces 100 instances in all) through the years was the hate speech case, that finally led to his current conviction, and disqualification. Saxena talks about why he thinks even Muslims in Rampur are able to aspect with the BJP. Excerpts:
You might be combating in Azam Khan’s bastion, to win a Muslim-dominated constituency. What are the possibilities of you successful?
In the beginning, Azam Khan will not be contesting. There’s a big distinction between the Azam Khan of three years in the past, and that of immediately. Earlier, he was an accused, immediately he’s a convict. This is identical Azam Khan at whose college a Quran was discovered mendacity on the ground, behind a wall. And it is a uncommon, hand-written Quran from 1730. Taking a look at all this, the Muslims right here wish to be with the federal government and elect an MLA who’s above Hindu-Muslim politics, and talks about industrialization and enterprise.
What are the important thing points you’re contesting on?
Rampur was as soon as often known as an industrial city. It was ranked second after Kanpur. There have been greater than 50 factories right here during which one lakh individuals labored. However due to political causes, these individuals (SP leaders) acquired them shut down. They snatched the pen and jobs from the fingers of the youth and handed them rickshaws. The straightforward motive was that if the youth generate profits, they might use their minds and thus not rally behind them. Wherever we go, we inform those who we wish to take Rampur again to its days of glory.
Why ought to Muslims vote for you?
The youth right here doesn’t need Hindu-Muslim politics. They need jobs, enterprise. The youth right here have simply been used they usually have realised the identical. The youth now understands that their future is safe with the incumbent authorities.
Rampur is a novel metropolis. It’s true that Pasmanda Muslims have confronted injustice. However right here even the Pathans, who’re in a majority, have confronted injustice. As a result of right here each Muslim who has showered his love on Azam Khan has been thought of a slave. However they now see their future within the Yogi Adityanath authorities. They really feel they’re safe with us and so they’re becoming a member of us.
Amid all this wooing of Muslims, there are additionally statements by sure BJP leaders, which humiliate the neighborhood.
In Rampur, such politics doesn’t occur. The type of politics Azam Khan has performed, nobody has executed it. He has all the time performed the Hindu-Muslim card to divide individuals, used it on polling days after which deserted them for the subsequent 5 years. It’s the misfortune of Rampur that they had been first slaves of the nawabs after which turned Azam Khan’s slaves. However this time we’re going to breaks the chains of slavery and make the lotus bloom.
Many Muslim leaders, some from Azam Khan’s camp, have joined you. How is it going to impression the bypoll?
It is going to positively impression the election. These individuals see their future safe within the BJP and are becoming a member of it. And we wish to guarantee them that their, their youngsters’s and this constituency’s future is with the BJP.