Sulking Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh, who quit from all organisational posts, today said he was hurt and "felt like crying" following Ram Gopal Yadav's remarks that he has "lost his mental balance".
Set to reach Mumbai on Thursday to campaign for party colleague Abu Azmi's son Kamran, who is contesting Bhiwandi by-election, Singh wrote in his blog today that he spoke to SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav over phone and both of them became "emotional".
The SP leader, who is currently in London and had faxed his resignation from key party posts last week from Dubai to Mulayam Singh Yadav wrote that though he has never uttered any word of criticism against Yadav or his family, the party chief's cousin "Ram Gopal Yadav has been saying a lot about me in the media, which made my heart cry and I expressed my grief by remaining within limits of decency.
"Media reports said I have criticised Netaji (Mulayam) and his family. This is completely false, politics apart, Netaji, Shivpal Yadav (Mulayam's younger brother), Akhilesh Yadav and even Ram Gopal Yadav, with all of these I have had personal relations and we have weathered several storms. These relations are beyond any politics. I can never even dream of criticising this family," he wrote in the blog.
Singh, however, said after speaking to Mulayam, "both of us became emotional. I think Mulayam Singh Yadav understands the pain of this small party worker of his who has given his blood and sweat for the party and in return lost his kidneys."
Yesterday, Ram Gopal Yadav, a cousin of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and general secretary of the party, said he was sure Amar Singh "has lost his mental balance".