Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan’s name has been put on an online list of land mafia by the district administration here following FIRs registered against him, drawing strong protest from his party. The SP raised the issue in the Legislative Council alleging that he is being framed in “fake” cases.The State government dismissed the allegations, saying that it was treating everyone the same and the action was not driven by any political vendetta.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath alleged that Rampur was an example of “land-grabbing” culture under the previous SP government. “The name of the Rampur MP has been put on the list of anti-land mafia portal of the State government on Thursday after FIRs were lodged against him on land-grabbing charges,” Additional District Magistrate (Administration) J.P. Gupta said. “The listing was done by the SDM Sadar,” he said. The former State Minister was named in the FIRs lodged in connection with alleged forcible acquisition of land for Mohammad Ali Jauhar University, of which he is the founder and Chancellor. District Magistrate A.K. Singh said the “farmers had claimed that Azam Khan had acquired their land for University through coercion”. “The name of those who have acquired someone’s land with alleged criminal acts and continue to have possession over it are included in the list,” the DM added. The SP, however, alleged that the move was a conspiracy by the Rampur DM to defame Mr. Khan and the university.21-member panelSP president Akhilesh Yadav has constituted a 21-member committee, led by the Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, Ahmad Hasan, to “probe fake cases” against Mr. Khan.Proceedings in the Legislative Council were disrupted on Friday as the SP members protested against the issue. As soon as the House assembled at 11 a.m., Mr. Hasan raised the issue, saying, “The most painful thing is that Khan has taken land for building a university and not for any personal gains. In which direction is the government going? Azam Khan is part of the land mafia?” Leader of the House and Deputy Chief Minister Dinesh Sharma termed the SP’s allegations “baseless”. “The government is treating everyone in the same manner, and it is not an act of vengeance.” “The allegations are baseless, and do not have any link with the policy and intention of the government,” he said. He added that since Mr. Khan is not a member of the House, the matter cannot be raised. Following this, Mr. Hasan requested the Chair that an all-party committee be formed, but Mr. Sharma opposed it. Amid unruly scenes, the Deputy CM sought cooperation of the Opposition to run the House. But the agitated SP members trooped into the Well, prompting Chairman Ramesh Yadav to adjourn the House till 12 noon. When the House re-assembled, Mr. Hasan raised the matter and SP members came into the Well of the House. Later, the Chairman adjourned the House till Monday.
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