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SP leader suspended for seeking RS berth for Yakub’s wife

Yakub Memon was executed in the Nagpur Central prison on July 30.  

A leader of the Samajwadi Party’s Mumbai unit was on Saturday removed as vice-president for demanding a Rajya Sabha nomination for Raheen Memon, the wife of Yakub Memon, the 1993 serial bombings convict who was executed on Thursday.

In his one-page letter addressed to SP president Mulayam Singh, the Mumbai district vice-president of the party, Mohammed Farooq Ghosi, said he felt Raheen Memon was helpless and suggested that she be sent to the Upper House to “give voice” to the “helpless Muslims.”

“Yakub Memon’s wife Raheen was also arrested with him but the honourable court convicted him and acquitted her. She also spent some years in jail. How much she must have suffered,” Mr. Ghosi’s letter in Hindi says.

Stating that Samajwadi Party had always helped the hapless, Mr. Ghosi said the party should fight the battle for “helpless people like Raheen.” “Muslims even today feel helpless. We should support her, and send her to Parliament to help give voice to the helpless,” he said in the letter released to the media late on Friday.

‘Personal opinion’

Mr. Ghosi’s letter was roundly criticised on social media, embarrassing the party. SP Mumbai president Abu Asim Azmi promptly suspended Ghosi for indiscipline. “It is his personal opinion. He never consulted us, and released the letter to the media for cheap publicity. The letter has never reached netaji. If he has to express anything, he should first inform the party president. We have taken disciplinary action, and suspended him from the party post. I will also recommend his removal from the party for making such nonsensical demands,” Mr. Azmi told The Hindu.

Mr. Ghosi, however, defended his letter. “What I wrote came from the heart. If the party feels I have done something wrong, they are free to suspend me. But I stand by my letter,” he told reporters.

Mr. Ghosi was also slammed by other political parties. Shiv Sena spokesperson Neelam Gorhe described his demand as an “irresponsible statement.”

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