Azamgarh is a big district of Purvanchal, whose political and criminal background has been very much discussed. Azamgarh, once infamous for the underworld’s Abu Salem to the Tater connection of Sanjarpur, has also been the workplace of three former chief ministers in politics. After the victory of Dinesh Lal Nirhua, it is being told as the new stronghold of Bhojpuriia politics.
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- Azamgarh’s political connection
- Azamgarh Terror and Under World Connection
- Azamgarh’s Cultural Connection
Azamgarh’s political connection
This seat of Azamgarh is very important from the point of view of politics, here three Chief Ministers have been MPs. Ram Naresh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav. Lok Sabha by-elections were held three times, for the first time the ruling party had to face defeat, for the second time and for the third time the ruling party managed to win. In 1977, Ramnaresh Yadav became an MP from this seat, later the by-election was made, the Congress fielded Mohsina Kidwai in place of Chandrajit Yadav against him, Indira Gandhi herself went to the campaign and the result was Mohsina’s victory. Then in the by-election in 2008, BSP made Akbar Ahmed Dumpy its candidate and gave strength, the result BSP won.
Mulayam Singh Yadav became MP from here in the year 2014 and then Akhilesh Yadav in 2019, now after Akhilesh became the leader of the opposition party, by-election was held in 2022 and Dharmendra Yadav was SP candidate from Akhilesh Yadav’s left seat, BSP played the last Muslim bet. So the game of SP got spoiled, and on the BJP ticket, Bhojpuria superstar Dinesh Lal Yadav reached the Lok Sabha by winning the Nirhua election. Yogi Adityanath had once made a matter of prestige for Ramakant Yadav while being an MP in Azamgarh, this time Yogi Adityanath held many meetings for Nirhua and reached victory, here Akhilesh Yadav did not even go to campaign on his traditional seat.
Azamgarh Terror and Under World Connection
For nearly a decade, Azamgarh’s Muslim-dominated Sanjarpur village has struggled with the perception that it is a terror hub. This notion gained strength after the Batla House encounter in Delhi on 19 September 2008 against suspected Indian Mujahideen (IM) terrorists.
Two suspected terrorists Atif Amin and Mohammad Sajid were killed. Two other suspects Mohammad Saif, Salman and Arif were arrested. All of them are residents of Sanjarpur. The village is 26.5 km away from Azamgarh district headquarter. Connections of Bilariaganj, Mubarakpur also came to the fore in such cases. The district had come to be regarded as a safe haven for the perpetrators of terrorist incidents.
Although the district’s terror connection is quite old, serial bomb blasts took place in the country’s financial capital Mumbai on March 12, 1993. In these, 257 people were killed and hundreds were injured. The name of Abu Salem Abdul Qayyum Ansari, who is currently serving a life sentence in this terrorist incident, had come to the fore. Abu Salem is a resident of Saraimer in Azamgarh. The elders of Azamgarh tell that after going to Mumbai, Abu Salem came in the company of anti-national forces and became close to underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Azamgarh’s Cultural Connection
By the way, Azamgarh, the head land of famous poet writer Kaifi Azmi, has also been the dead land of Rahul Sanskrityyan. There is a strange smell of Bhojpuri culture in Azamgarh, the ashram of Rishi Durvasa, the land of sacrifice and penance of Mother Anusuya.