SP national general secretary Ramgopal Yadav said the absence of Khan, the Muslim face of the Samajwadi Party, was not felt at the meeting on Wednesday.

"It is a national executive meeting and all prominent leaders are present here...he was not here, but its does not make any difference and his absence was not felt. With such a behaviour a person lowers his own stature," he said.

"Either he should not remain the office-bearer and resign or he should have come," Yadav said.

No person is bigger than party

The SP national general secretary said the party is not concerned who comes or not."Akhilesh is Chief Minister and Netaji is the leader...there is no other bigger leader," he said.

SP national general secretary Naresh Agarwal said no person should be given liberty. "No person is larger than the party," he said.

Asked whether disciplinary action should be taken against Khan, he said, “It was upto Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) to decide.”

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 2011.

(Agencies)

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