A day after his resignation from all organisational posts was accepted, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh said he would remain in the party until he was “booted out”. He also vowed not to speak out against party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and other senior leaders.
Ironically, addressing a packed press conference in New Delhi, accompanied by actor-turned-politician Sanjay Dutt, Singh used the opportunity to make snide remarks against Yadav and his family members. “The people were saying that the SP was a family affair,” he said.
Singh said he will “try to be a “samajwadi” (socialist) instead of being a “Mulayamwadi”.
Speaking to reporters in Lucknow, Mulayam ruled out the possibility of reconsidering Singh’s decision to quit. “I look at the future and not into the past. I don’t want to look into something which has already happened,” said Mulayam.
In New Delhi, Singh shot back: “Why should somebody care about someone who has been left behind because of his poor health?”
“Let him bring healthy people like Azam Khan (who was expelled from the SP after a tiff with Mulayam). Physically invalid people like me are ready to be left behind,” he added.
Singh attacked Mulayam’s opposition to computers and English-language education, saying that socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia would have supported the use of computers.
“Children in villages should learn English and computers so that they can be on par with those in cities,” Singh said.
Targeting Mulayam’s brother and SP general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, Singh said: “Let Mulayam Singh groom Ram Gopal, I am content being his Eklavya. But I will not give my thumb to him.” He was referring to the mythological tale where Eklavya gifted his thumb as his fees to his guru, Dronacharya.
In Lucknow, asked if he will also accept Dutt’s resignation from the post of the party’s national general secretary and the possibility of Azam Khan returning to the party, Mulayam said he would cross the bridge when he came to it.