Mumbai: Hitting out at Uttar Pradesh Minister Azam Khan for seeking UN's intervention to look into the "miseries" of minorities in India, the Shiv Sena today said by doing so the senior Samajwadi Party leader has done a great disservice to the nation and demanded his ouster from all constitutional posts.
"If (SP Chief) Mulayam Singh Yadav has any patriotism left in him, he will kick Azam Khan out from all posts and make him sit at home. This UP minister (Khan) has committed all sort of crimes...everything has been tolerated in the extremist politics of the state. But now, this man has shred the country's respect into pieces at a global level," the Sena said in an edit in party mouthpiece 'Saamana'.
It said while politicians made a beeline to visit Dadri, where a 50-year-old Muslim man was lynched on rumours of his family eating beef last week, nobody even spoke a word about the hundreds of Indian Muslims recently killed in a stampede at Saudi Arabia.
"This is because it didn't suit their vote-bank politics. A ruckus has been created on the questionable death of a man in Dadri. People are criticising the BJP when investigation into the incident is yet to be completed," it said.
The Sena said the government is being run with a secular mindset because Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised that he will be there to stand up for minorities even if they knock on his door at midnight.
"It seems that Azam Khan is a mentally retarded man. Dadri lies within boundaries of UP. The government there is inefficient thus such incidents take place. Law and order has gone for a toss there. If Azam Khan is saddened by this episode, he should resign from his ministerial position," the Sena added.
It further said the country expects Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav to shunt him out.
"Azam Khan's letter to the UN is disservice to the nation. Thus, he does not have the right to hold any constitutional post now. The Election Commission should not let him contest any further elections. Mulayam Singh Yadav's patriotism is at stake now," the Sena said.
In a letter to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Khan also attacked the RSS accusing it of working to turn secular and pluralistic India into a majoritarian theocratic 'Hindu Rashtra'.