New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Saturday gave another controversial remark and said that Muslims in the country are being punished for their decision to not go migrate to Pakistan after the partition in 1947. 

"Why our ancestors did not go to Pakistan? Well, they considered India as their nation. This is our fault. Maulana Azad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Patel, and even Bapu had appealed Muslims to not migrate to Pakistan," he said when asked about his views on growing incidents of mob lynching.

“Our forefathers decided to stay here. They said this is our country. Graves of our forefathers are here. BJP never had the choice of travelling over to Pakistan,” he added.

Meanwhile, Azam Khan on Thursday was declared a land mafia by the Uttar Pradesh government. The development came after 13 FIRs were lodged against Khan on land-grabbing charges.

Khan alleged that the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh is fabricating land dispute cases against him because he managed to defeat BJP candidate Jaya Prada in the Lok Sabha elections.

Khan, a former state Cabinet minister, is known for his controversial remarks. During the Lok Sabha elections, he said Jaya Prada wears khaki underwear, a reference to her alleged affiliation with the RSS.

"I won the election against powerful people despite their several tactics. I am being punished for that mistake. The Rampur district magistrate went to counting stations wearing a saffron shirt and harassed voters. Still, I emerged victorious," he said.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma