Expelled Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh believes that Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is the only leader in today’s context whose “principles and intentions are right”.
Singh found a reason to shower praise on Gandhi, even as the Congress was ranked a poor fifth in the by-elections to the Dumariaganj, Uttar Pradesh — with the seat being won by the ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
BSP nominee, Khatoon Taufique secured 44,765 votes to defeat the BJP candidate, Prem Prakash (28,923) by a margin of 15,842 votes.
The BSP fielded Khatoon after her husband, sitting BSP legislator Taufeeq Ahmad, died in January, leaving the seat vacant.
“The responsibility for the poor showing of the Congress rests with the Congress workers, who were unable to disseminate Gandhi’s message. Gandhi himself cannot be blamed,” Singh said at a press conference in New Delhi.
“The Peace Party polled 17.7 per cent votes and ranked third after the BSP and BJP. The combined votes of the Peace Party and the Congress are marginally short of the winning BSP candidate,” Singh pointed out.
The Peace Party is supported by the Lok Manch — a non-political outfit floated by Singh after the SP expelled him.
Since his expulsion, Singh has been sending out feelers to the Congress.
Ajit Singh’s Rashtriya Lok Dal is supporting Congress candidate Captain Satish Sharma’s candidature from UP and the two parties are also discussing possibilities of a tie-up/merger for the 2012 assembly elections.