The Samajwadi Party's new friends have a habit of causing it embarrassment because of their past. The dalliance with one-time Hindutva mascot Kalyan Singh hurt the party in the 2009 Lok Sabha election.
And now there is unhappiness in some sections over the entry of Anuradha Choudhary who made remarks against Muslims at a Muzaffarnagar rally in the presence of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi during the same election. An FIR was lodged against her at that time over her comments against BSP candidate Kadir Rana and how his election might turn the whole city into a terror hub.
While a few senior party leaders have expressed their displeasure over her inclusion, others have demanded an apology from her.
Her remarks as the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate angered the Muslims so much that they rallied around the BSP candidate to ensure Chaudhary’s defeat. After the loss, she was sidelined in the party where she had enjoyed the No. 2 position for years.
She joined the Samajwadi Party earlier this month.
But some are now seeing her as an 'unwanted guest' there.
Senior Samajwadi Party leader and former MP Amir Alam, along with his supporters, was the first to protest against her entry into party.
"I had registered my protest but it won't be good to say anything now after receiving instructions from Netaji," says Amir Alam. But not everybody is willing to keep quiet.
Mufti Zulfikar, president of the imam organisation in Muzaffarnagar, says, "her inclusion in the Samajwadi Party can't wash off her sins. She should apologise for her remarks."
"Even if Muslims vote for the SP, it won't mean they have forgiven her," he clarifies.
Others don't want to come out into the open as they fear action by the party high command.