With some of his colleagues seeking his sack, sulking SP leader Amar Singh today said he has "a lot of hopes" from party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav but made it clear that he had "no dearth of alternatives" if he was forced to leave the party.
Singh continued to be critical of Ram Gopal Yadav, senior SP leader and Mulayam Singh's cousin, saying he changes statements from morning to evening.
In an apparent reference to Ram Gopal's remark that he (Singh) has lost his "mental balance", Amar Singh wrote in his blog, "he (Ram Gopal) says something in the morning and by evening changes his stance. Since Ram Gopal belongs to Mulayam Singh Yadav's family I don't want to react to his comments."
Singh said that "if Ram Gopal is so angry with me, then Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family should do a rethink about inviting me to the ongoing Saifai festival".
Amar Singh, who quit all party posts last week, will be attending the festival in Saifai, a small town near Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, next week.
"I do not expect to be crucified like Jesus, poisoned like Socrates or shot like Mahatma Gandhi by the party or the first family (of Mulayam Singh). Instead, I have a lot of hope from my leader and elder brother Mulayam Singhji," he wrote.
To his critics, Amar Singh said, "I would like to tell them that I am quite comfortable in SP and I have all the love and respect of my party chief".
However, "God forbid, if in future circumstances force me to look for political alternatives, I have to dearth of alternatives."