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Attained political nirvana after expulsion: Amar Singh

IANS  New Delhi, February 02, 2010
First Published: 19:37 IST(2/2/2010) | Last Updated: 22:19 IST(2/2/2010)

"Et tu Brute". That's what Amar Singh said on Tuesday after being expelled from the Samajwadi Party (SP) by his one-time mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav who he stressed had not just betrayed him but also "Talibanised" the "primitive" party.

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"All I want to say is et tu Brute. 'Brutus tum bhi'. But it has come with a relief," Amar Singh told IANS in an exclusive interview, recalling Julius Caesar's dying words on Brutus' betrayal in the Shakespeare play.

"Har fikr ko dhuwain main udata chala gaya," he added in a light vein about his predicament, remembering the famous Hindi film song.

The industrialist-politician, who resigned from all party posts a few weeks ago, came out openly against Mulayam Singh and his family.

"I know who had drafted the abuses against me. They called me mad, shameless, scoundrel. The SP leaders were not speaking their own language. I know how it works in the party," he said shortly after the announcement in Lucknow that he along with actor-MP Jaya Prada were being expelled for indulging in "anti-party" activities.

Asked who he was referring to, Amar Singh said: "Of course Mulayam Singh and his family. He son (Akhilesh), his Yadav cousins."

Amar Singh said he was suffocated with the "Talibanisation" of the "primitive" SP and that he had attained political nirvana after being expelled.

"I am hurt, but I am feeling relieved. It is like attaining political and social nirvana for which I am thankful to my party leaders."

Seated in his plush 13th floor office in Kasturba Gandhi Marg in central Delhi, Amar Singh said he was now aiming higher and planning a computer revolution in India's villages. This was exactly the issue, he said, that led to his rift with the Samajwadi Party.

"Our party is primitive. They are opposing computers and English language. The Talibanisation of the entire thing was suffocating. It (resignation) should have happened earlier," said the former high profile SP general secretary.

"I will go to rural India with computer revolution and will start it Feb 26 from Azamgarh district and my friend Amitabh Bachchan will inaugurate that," he said.

Did that mean he was creating the ground for a new regional party in Uttar Pradesh?

Amar Singh didn't rule it out but said it was too early to confirm it.

"I will work for separate states of Harit Pradesh, Purvanchal and Bundelkhand. I will work for positive politics," he said.

Amar Singh, who was known as the face of the SP and also the man who attracted the big and the famous to the party, said categorically that he was not warming up to either the Congress, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) or the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) to look for political alternatives.

"I am not a political animal. I have other things to do for my people."

The SP's future as a party opposing the technological revolution would play out for all to see.

"I won't comment on that. It will sound as if I am bitter after being expelled but the entire nation will see that."


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