Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party leader and member of Rajya Sabha Qzi Rasheed Masood broke up his relation with the Mulayam Singh led SP on Sunday. Planning to start new innings with the Congress, Masood will give his resignation from the Rajya Sabha on Monday. Besides, Indian Ekta Party led by Masood’s nephew Imran Masoodm, a Samajwadi Party legislator, will also be merged with the Congress.

Addressing a press conference, Masood slammed SP leader Azam Khan. He said owing to the poor health of Mulayam Singh Yadav, many workers have gained strong hold in the party. “After futile attempts to spoil the party’s stake hold, Khan has joined the SP to push the party into a deplorable condition. He is creating fissure among close allies of Maulayam Singh.”
Pointing out the reasons for getting away from the SP, Masood said Mulayam Singh failed to support the demand for Muslim quota in proportion to their population. “In 1997 I was expelled from the party for raising voice in favour of minority reservation. In 2002, when I joined the SP again, Singh assured of fulfilling my demand.”

As a matter of fact, after Azam Khan’s separation from the SP, Rasheed Masood was appointed as the national vice-president of the party. With Azam’s entry into the party, the stature of Masood was reduced to a member only.