SP likely to back Amar Singh’s RS re-entry

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Oct 31, 2014 01:02 IST

A homecoming seems to be in the offing for Amar Singh, with indications suggesting that the Samajwadi Party (SP) will back his candidature in the coming biennial polls to the Rajya Sabha.

Ahead of the party’s parliamentary board meeting on Friday, sources told HT that the party had finalised names of three party candidates: Ram Gopal Yadav and Ashok Bajpai, besides former Prime Minister Chandrashekhar’s son, Neeraj Shekhar.

After months of speculation about warming up of relations between Singh and his political mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav, the patch-up is said to have been finally worked out after a three hour meeting between the two last Wednesday.

After the 2012 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the SP — which had only one of the 10 Rajya Sabha seats that are going to polls — can now send six nominees.
On the other hand, the Bahujan Samaj Party’s share will shrink from six to two, while the BJP’s position will remain static at one.

Some business honchos and media barons have reportedly been seeking the SP’s support for an entry into the Rajya Sabha as well.

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