An evasive Mulayam Singh Yadav, national president of the Samajwadi Party said, he would soon convene a meeting of his party's national executive to discuss the resignation of his close buddy and party’s national general secretary Amar Singh from all party posts.
Yadav is currently campaigning for council elections in his home district of Etawah.
Reacting to Singh’s decision to quit active politics on health grounds Yadav quipped, “ Yes his health has been bad. But now its fine.”
Singh had earlier written on his blog, “Off late my level of sensibility and sense of political responsibility has taken a back seat. I have learnt to take p
ersonal criticism in my stride and for the first time in my political career I am giving more preference to my family and in bargain I have chosen to ignore council elections in my native state of Uttar Pradesh. No one is indispensable”.
Yadav also remained non-committal when asked as to what had triggered Amar’s resignation or whether he would accept it. “ Let me first discuss it in the party,” was his cryptic reply. He added, “ I am here in Sefai. I have not as yet received his resignation.”
Asked if he will speak to Amar Singh on telephone Mulayam said, “ Let me concentrate on the elections for now. It will be discussed in the party forum first.”,”
Mulayam however admitted that he had no inkling about the resignation. “ I met him just three days back and he never made any mention of that.”
Singh had been toying with the idea of quitting active politics for quite some time. His growing proximity to Mulayam Singh Yadav had ruffled many a feathers in the party with many like Raj Babbar, Mohd Azam Khan and Beni Prasad Verma breaking their decades long relationship with Mulayam. They accused Amar Singh of corporatising politics.
However defeat of Dimple Yadav, Mulayam’s daughter in law in the pocket borough of her own husband Akhilesh Yadav (state president of SP) further fuelled the differences. While Singh blamed Yadav’s ‘ overconfidence’ for the defeat, the family felt that he played spoilsport by handing over campaign to haughty film stars. However Mulayam had patched up the differences by calling on Amar at his Delhi residence.
"We used to meet every day—he used come to my house while I often visited his house,” said Mulayam. Many hopefuls in the party are still optimistic about Mulayam turning down the resignation.
Rajya Sabha member Virendra Bhatia said, “ He has resigned twice in the past, but netaji never accepted it. I am sure he will turn it down again.”
About two months back Amar Singh had told HTC, "I am blamed for whatever goes wrong in the party while they all get credit for the rights---But I can’t leave Mulayam in an hour of crisis. Let the party come back to power. That would be the right time to bid adieu to politics.”
The first thought to quit politics, Singh had claimed, had come to him while he was in Singapore for treatment. “Politics is very cruel. If something happens to me, the utmost the party would do is hold a condolence meeting. But it’s my family, my two daughters, who will suffer. Not the party.”
“Look at the pressure on me. My children are small. And at the political level where is my replacement – someone who can fight legal battles, work on communication chemistry. Why do you think Nafisa Ali left? We need to optimise the calibre the party has. Both Jaya Prada and Jaya Bachchan are under-utilised.”
However Singh is quick to add, “ Whenever I will quit politics, I will sit at home.”