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Amar Singh turns down Mulayam’s invite

lucknow Updated: Jan 13, 2010 01:37 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal
Pankaj Jaiswal
Hindustan Times
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Amar Singh on Tuesday turned down Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son, Akhilesh Yadav’s invitation to Saifai Mahotsav in Yadav’s ancestral village.

Singh wrote in an open letter on his blog, Adarniya Netaji Ke Naam Sandesh (a message to respected Netaj): “I am sad and sorry that I would not be able to follow your command.”

But he assured Yadav: “When newspersons asked me that do I have some raaz (secret) of Netaji (Mulayam), I said that both of us trust each other. Netaji, believe me, those things would remain buried in my heart until I die.”

Singh was invited as the chief guest at the closing ceremony of the Saifai Mahotsav on January 24. The SP-sponsored annual fest began at Yadav’s ancestral village Saifai, 20 km from his constituency Etawah, on Monday.

On January 6, Singh resigned from all party posts, citing ill health.

Earlier, Singh had blamed Mulayam Singh and his family for the party’s humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha by-election in Firozabad in November 2009.

But after Yadav went public with a statement that he would not accept Singh’s resignation, things between Singh and the SP’s first family seemed to be improving fast.

Tuesday’s refusal to attend the function followed a statement by Yadav’s cousin and MP Ramgopal Yadav on Tuesday that he had not apologised to Singh for his earlier remarks as had been claimed by Singh.

Ramgopal also said, “He (Amar Singh) is the chief guest at the fest. And he had said he would come. He should come. Controversy is over.”

Hours after the statement, Singh dropped the bombshell through his open letter, which he signed off as aapka purana kripakanshi sevak (your old servant).