New Delhi: Shahi Imam of the Delhi Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari has come out strongly against Samajawadi Party, accusing the latter for ignoring Muslim community in ticket distribution for UP Legislative Council elections.

Showing his discontent with the party, Bukhari on Friday shot off a letter to Mulayam saying he did not want party ticket for his son-in-law Umar Khan during recently concluded assembly polls.

Bukhari sought greater participation for Muslims in Legislative Council elections demanding at least three out of seven for the Muslim community nominees.

Mulayam called me up, and I have conveyed it to him that at least three seats should be given to the community," he said while talking to media.

Bukhari had supported the party during UP assembly elections.

He rubbished reports that he was crestfallen after his brother did not get a Rajya Sabha ticket from SP.

"These talks are baseless, I never asked for a ticket for my family, Mulayam asked me to suggest names but I refused," he claimed.

Bukhari also targeted senior SP leader Azam Khan, calling him anti-Muslim.

"Azam is enemy of Muslims, leaders in SP are not happy," he said.

Khan had earlier objected to the nomination, saying, "Religious leaders should not be given political gifts."

Muslim community constitutes 20 per cent while the Yadavs were only seven per cent of the state's population. He alleged that when it came to sharing power, the Muslims were ignored by the party.

"I regret to say that SP like the other parties acquired the votes of the Muslims but did not give them an adequate representation," he said.

Bukhari also said that apart from the legislative council, Muslims from Uttar Pradesh had also been ignored by SP in choosing its Rajya Sabha nominees.

JPN/Agencies