Samajwadi Occasion MP from Sambhal, Shafiqur Rehman Barq (93), is again beneath the highlight after praising BSP chief Mayawati and elevating questions in regards to the security of Muslims in India.
The nonagenarian will not be new to political controversy. In 2019, Barq was the centre of debate in Uttar Pradesh after he refused to chant “Vande Mataram” in Parliament, throughout his oath taking ceremony, saying “it’s towards Islam”. Once more, in April final yr, Barq had attacked his personal get together, saying he was not glad with its working. He had then additionally alleged that not everybody within the SP had Muslim pursuits at coronary heart.
In August final yr, Barq was booked for sedition, after he allegedly defended the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan, equating it with India’s personal freedom battle. The SP MP had then defended himself saying his assertion had been misinterpreted.
A four-time MLA and five-time MP, Barq was born in 1930 in Sambhal’s Deepa Sarai, to oldsters who have been every day wagers in pre-Independence India. He studied at Agra College, the place he completed his commencement in 1952. He then returned to Sambhal and began treating minor illnesses within the Nakhasa neighbourhood of Sambhal. He had learnt about medication after working as a physician’s assistant.
Married to the late Quresha Begum, Barq has a son, Mamluk Ur Rahman Barq, who’s a Muslim cleric in Sambhal. Mamluk’s son and Barq’s grandson, Ziaur Rahman Barq, is at present an MLA from Kundarki constituency in Moradabad district. Ziaur studied on the Aligarh Muslim College and was a Cupboard member of the AMU College students Union in 2006.
Occasion leaders in Sambhal say that Barq, a “five-time namazi”, “lives a easy life as per teachings within the Quran”. His entry into politics occurred when he joined ranks with tall socialist leaders – the SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.
He was first elected as MLA from Sambhal in 1974 on the image of the Bharatiya Kranti Dal. In subsequent elections of 1980, 1989 and 1991, he was elected from the identical seat on totally different symbols.
Leaders in Sambhal say Barq’s political profession took a bounce after the Babri Masjid demolition in 1992. “One of many decisive moments in Barq’s political profession occurred within the submit Babri-demolition period, when he turned vocal for the Muslim trigger in UP and throughout the nation,” stated an SP chief.
Barq joined the Babri Motion Committee and was an energetic voice for Muslims within the Nineteen Nineties, when the Ram Temple motion was spreading throughout India.
In 1996, he contested his first parliamentary elections from Moradabad and was elected to the Lok Sabha on a Samajwadi Occasion ticket. He was reelected from the identical seat in 1998 and 2004.
In 2008, he converted to the BSP and contested the Lok Sabha polls in 2009 from Sabhal, successful it. He then returned to the SP and unsuccessfully contested the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, when he misplaced to BJP’s Satyapal Singh Saini by a slim margin of 5,000-odd votes. In 2019, he received again the seat, defeating the BJP’s Parmeshwar Lal Saini by 1.74 lakh votes.
Regardless of his age, Barq continues to be an avid reader and reads a number of newspapers each morning, say his get together colleagues. “He talks about world politics, Indian politics, Islam and a variety of subjects. He additionally reads a wide range of literature from internationally,” stated a frontrunner in Sambhal.
His picture in Sambhal is that of somebody who is not only essential for the constituency, however of 1 who speaks up for Muslims throughout India. “He doesn’t shrink back from making statements that would land him in bother. He isn’t frightened of police instances or proceedings. He speaks his thoughts. He’s nonetheless energetic and meets individuals recurrently, whereas additionally reciting the namaz and verses of the Quran day by day,” stated an SP chief in Moradabad.
SP nationwide spokesperson Abdul Hafiz Gandhi stated Barq is somebody who’s “stuffed with integrity”. “His focus has at all times been on marginalised communities. That’s why he has received so many elections,” stated Gandhi.