"Azam Khan can never be upset with me," Mulayam, who was flanked by senior party leaders including Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, told reporters after the valedictory session of the two-day meet.

SP toughens stand against Azam Khan   

The SP supremo said that the party knew that why Azam did not attend the meeting. "Our's is a democratic party and not an autocratic one," he said.

Asked about some SP leaders speaking against Khan, Mulayam said that whatever statement needs to be given had been made.

Earlier in the day, party's national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav had said that either Khan should have attended the meet or resigned. "It is a national executive meeting and all prominent leaders are present here...He was not here, but it does not make any difference and his absence was not felt. With such behaviour a person lowers his own stature,” he said.

When pointed that Khan, who hold a number of portfolios in Akhilesh Yadav government, was also not attending Cabinet meetings, Mulayam said that the question should be put to the Chief Minister. On this, Akhilesh replied, "This is the national executive meeting. What can I say now?"

Khan had criticized his own government's handling of Muzaffarnagar riots and had been sulking off and on various issues ever since the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh in


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