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Amar threatens Mulayam over corruption cases

india Updated: Feb 25, 2010 22:52 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal

The expelled Samajwadi Party leader, Amar Singh in Thursday's Azamgarh rally threatened SP president, Mulayam Singh Yadav over the corruption cases pending against the latter. He said the he would not hesitate to testify in the court against Yadav in the Greater Noida land scam if any investigating agency or court summoned him.

Singh also called Yadav a fake 'Samajwadi' (socialist) at the packed DAV college grounds in Azamgarh in a rally that last almost three hours.

He held MSY responsible for the Greater Noida scam and said: "When Mulayam Singh Yadav was the chief minister, he also held the charge of housing department and cannot be unaware of what went on. He is responsible for the scam as the scam has happened under his 'signatures'," he said in the rally held in the name of 'Purvanchal Swabhimaan Rally' where he managed to bring leaders of some small parties including one from Telengana and another from Bundelkhand join hands with him in the fight for smaller states.

A leader of Telenga movement, P Nirupam Reddy; Peace Party's general secretary, Dr Mannan; Bhartiya Samaj Party national president, Om Prakash Rajbhar and Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha president, Raja Bundela shared the platform with Amar Singh.

The rally, by-and-large, revolved around Samajwadi Party and its leaders. "If the new general secretary of SP, Mohan Singh does not refrain from making comment against me, then I would go to Supreme Court against Mulayam Singh Yadav. The charge of corruption leveled by me by Mohan Singh was baseless. I have no new assets added to what existed before 2003 when Samajwadi Party formed the government in the state," he said.

Amar Singh challenged another senior SP leader, Ramgopal Yadav to expel Mulayam Singh Yadav from the party. "We (Mulayam and I) were together for fourteen years, and if I did anything wrong that he was part of it, so he too should be ousted. Who made Kusum Rai and Kalyan Singh's son Rajveer Singh the ministers? Who bought Sakshi Maharaj in the party?" said Amar Singh and added that Azam Khan (another expelled SP leader) was right when he had said that Kalyan-Mulayam were old pals.

Calling Mulayam Singh Yadav a fake Samajwadi, Amar Singh said: "He sends his sons abroad to study while kids in places like eastern UP do not have even good schools here to go to."

He attempted to rename Samajwadi Party as 'Yadav Mahasabha'-a party of Yadav clan.

Jaya Bachchan presided over the rally but was careful in not saying anything offensive against Samajwadi Party. In fact she called herself an SP member and commented: "The anger between Mulayam Singh and Amar Singh is amiable-anger."

Amar Singh deliberately kept Amitabh Bachchan away from the rally to prove to his detractors that he was able to pull crowd without star-power.