Samajwadi Party’s member of Parliament Jayaprada on Sunday asked party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to intervene and put an end to what she described was a campaign to humiliate Amar Singh.
Jumping to the defence of her mentor, the former actor referred to the title of one of her films and said Singh was not “udhar ka sindoor” — broadly meaning he “wasn’t a disposable article”.
“He has lost his kidney while toiling for the party and now, despite bad health, he is touring all districts of Uttar Pradesh… The party will be responsible, if something happens to him,” she said at a news conference here.
Associating with the Lok Manch, the Rampur MP said if a choice were forced upon her, she would support Singh not Yadav.
Amar Singh announced the Lok Manch on Saturday. It was a non-political outfit and would bring no harm to the SP, she said.
“…Singh facilitated my entry into the SP. I am with him (Singh) on this issue.”
Yadav, however, made light of her remarks, saying opposition within party was a sign of his “stature”.
“Agar virodh nahi kerenge toh hamari hasiyat kya rah jayegi (If there is no opposition then what will be left of my stature),” he told mediapersons in Lucknow.
Citing SP’s opposition to English and computer education, and women's reservation Bill, Jayaprada said she differed with the party on several counts.
Trying to strike a balance, she described Yadav as a father figure. “We will never say anything against him, but will not tolerate what other people in the party are saying.”
Party general secretary Ramasrey Kushwaha described Jayaprada's move as an act of indiscipline and sought action against her.
“Like Amar Singh has become history in the party, Jayaprada would be it's second page…,” he said in Lucknow.
(With PTI inputs from Lucknow)