Lucknow: Firing a fresh salvo, Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan on Monday challenged the Shahi Imam of Delhi Jama Masjid to contest and win election of mayor from Moradabad.

Khan said if Syed Ahmad Bukhari did not forfeit his deposits he will take retirement from active politics.

"I challenge Bukhari to contest election for the post of mayor from Moradabad and win it. If he did not forfeit his deposits, I will leave the politics," Khan, told reporters here in reply to a question here.

Coming down heavily on Bukhari, Khan on Monday said, "unka kaam namaaz padhana hai, wahi karein" (His work is lead prayers, and he should do only that).

"Hame sabi ki haisiyat ke bare me pata hai" (I am aware of the status of everyone), Khan added.

The war of words between the SP leader and the cleric started after Bukhari rejected SP's offer of fielding his son-in-law to the state legislative council, asking for three seats for Muslim community.

Bukhari's son-in-law Umer Ali Khan was named party candidate for legislative council.

Khan has said that the cleric has no standing among Muslims, and religious leaders should not enter politics.

On the issue of giving seat of council to the kin of Bukhari, the SP leader had said, "Religious leaders should not be given political gifts."