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Post-Amar Singh, SP in damage control mode

After sacking Amar Singh the Samajwadi Party is in damage control mode. Efforts have also been launched to bring back those who left the party because of 'Amar factor'. M Hasan reports.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2010 21:10 IST
M Hasan

After sacking Amar Singh the Samajwadi Party is in damage control mode. Efforts have also been launched to bring back those who left the party because of 'Amar factor'.

The SP national spokesman Mohan Singh said that a special session of the party would be held in Lucknow to apprise the workers about the prevailing situation and chalk out action plan to come out of turbulence caused during the last few months.

Keeping in mind caste and religious combinations the party also rushed last week to make to certain national organizational appointments.

In the run up to the session likely to be held in March, senior leaders would be touring the state to mobilize the masses at the grass root level.

In the past also whenever in difficulty the party had fallen back on the workers to gear up to steer through the crisis. The party had bounced back to power in August 2003 after Agra conclave.

However the immediate compulsion of the party is to come out of adverse impact of Amar Singh episode and stop further disintegration.

The SP state unit spokesman Rajendra Chaudhury told HT on Wednesday that "the workers had long been asking for removal of Amar Singh".

While Mohan Singh said, "the party had suffered a lot because of Amar Singh", Chaudhury, lauding the dismissal, pointed out that " Mulayam Singh Yadav acted in time to thwart the conspiracy against SP's socialist ideology". Mohan Singh has also accused Amar Singh of infiltrating "capitalism and communalism" into the party. Mohan Singh has thus desperately been trying to convince the cadre that all ills afflicting the party were just because of Amar Singh.

However, Amar Singh has strongly rebutted these allegations. "I did whatever the leadership wanted", he said.

Chaudhury said the "activities of Amar Singh and company" were not in the interest of the party. Amar Singh is however unlikely to be provoked by the insinuation of SP leaders.

On re-entry call the party's foremost priority is expelled Muslim face Mohd Azam Khan, MLA from Rampur. Mohan Singh refusing to take up the issue publicly said efforts would be made. Leader of Opposition Ahmad Hasan too has favoured Azam's re-entry.

However it is to be seen how Khan reacts to SP's gesture. He is quite bitter. It is believed that he had established contacts with the Congress. Khan is reported to have commented, "He does not want to become leader of Opposition (in place of Yadav's brother Shiv Pal Singh Yadav) to make Akhilesh Yadav next Chief Minister". Khan is also reportedly quite unhappy with Akhilesh Yadav over his post-Firozabad defeat comments against him.