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‘Feel light, didn’t stay at Bachchans’

In a statement that shows a lukewarm attitude towards the Bachchans, expelled Samajwadi Party member Amar Singh wrote on his blog on Saturday: “This time during my Mumbai visit I did not stay at the Bachchans’ residence. I feel light.”

lucknow Updated: Jun 29, 2012 12:02 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal

In a statement that shows a lukewarm attitude towards the Bachchans, expelled Samajwadi Party member Amar Singh wrote on his blog on Saturday: “This time during my Mumbai visit I did not stay at the Bachchans’ residence. I feel light.”

The last few lines on the blog are more portentous. “Don’t waste breath, be vigilant; Do not make any sacrifices for those who are selfish.”

Three weeks ago, Singh in a public rally had said: “Family ties are different and political decisions are something else. It won’t hurt (Singh’s) family bonding with her even if she continues to be with the Samajwadi Party. Politics is her personal decision.”

Singh’s statements have to be seen in the context of Jaya Bachchan staying in touch with the Samajwadi Party even after he cut off ties with the organisation and was eventually expelled.

Bachchan is a Samjawadi Party member of the Rajya Sabha. Singh till recently described her husband, actor Amitabh Bachchan, as his elder brother.

He wrote: “I had always been at the Bachchans’ place even if I had a hotel room to myself. But not this time. I did call on them because it was Jayaji’s birthday and she was unwell. I gave her birthday greetings and also asked about her well-being. But that’s it.”

“Today when I analyse, I find that all those people who are my support base are the ones for whom I never did anything,” he wrote. Samajwadi Party sources said that Jaya Bachchan was in regular touch with the organisation.

A party source said: “She (Jaya Bachchan) maintains that Amar Singh was hasty in parting ways. He should have been patient with the party on the basis of a very long and strong relationship with us.”

The source said, “She had been gentle both before and after Amar Singh’s exit. And we never had much doubt over her being with the party as the party too never gave her a chance to complain.”