Senior Samajwadi Party leader and UP Cabinet minister Azam Khan has retracted his allegation that the rape of a woman and her teenage daughter in Bulandshahr was a ‘politicial conspiracy’. Khan, who often remains in the news for his controversial statements, raised a political storm today by suggesting the gangrape could be a conspiracy of the opposition parties to defame the state government in view of the upcoming elections in the state. Talking to reporters, Khan had said, elections are near and political parties could stoop to any level to defame the government. “We must also probe whether this entire controversy is a move by some Opposition elements to defame the government. People who want to come to power may be stooping this low for political interests,” he said.
However, Khan later retracted his statement. “Didnt say “virodhiyon ki shaazish (oppositions’ cnspiracy),” said that UP polls are close and so many such incidents are happening which need to be investigated,” ANI quoted him as saying. When a reporter asked him if his statement was misconstrued, Khan responded, “What can we do about that now? I am a very sensitive person.” Khan said that the state government is totally with the vicitms of the Bulandshahr incident. “I am personally with them more than everyone else got together,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Khan’s previous comment was severely criticised by leaders across the political spectrum. Even the victim’s family was deeply upset. Husband of the raped woman said the Samajwadi Party leader has gone mad. “He is victim of madness,” an uncle of the victim said.