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Mulayam accepts Amar Singh's resignation

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav today accepted Amar Singh’s resignation from all posts. The letter of acceptance has been faxed to Singh who had been the national general secretary of the party, reports HT Correspondent.

lucknow Updated: Jan 18, 2010 01:36 IST
Pankaj Jaiswal

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday accepted Amar Singh’s resignation from all party posts.

Thanking Amar Singh for his efforts to strengthen the party, the SP chief said in his two-line letter that he was accepting his resignation with a heavy heart. Amar Singh had been the party’s national general secretary, national executive member and parliamentary board member.

He, however, continues to be a member of the party. Amar Singh resigned from the party posts on January 6, citing health reasons when he was holidaying in Dubai.

However, in his blog, he unleashed a stinging criticism of the party and later blamed the SP chief for his over-confidence that led to a humiliating defeat of Mulayam’s daughter-in-law Dimple Yadav in the Ferozabad parliamentary by-election.

His criticism kicked off a war of words with the SP chief’s cousin Ramgopal Yadav, who stepped up pressure for acceptance of the resignation. Following in Amar Singh’s footsteps was party national general secretary, Sanjay Dutt, amid indications that more MPs, MLAs and supporters could quit.

The SP supremo’s letter was faxed to Amar Singh just three days after he landed in Mumbai to campaign for Farhan Azmi, the party’s candidate for the assembly by-polls in Bhiwandi. The seat was vacated by Farhan’s father Abu Azmi, president of the Maharashtra unit of the SP.

Mulayam’s son and the chief of the party’s Uttar Pradesh unit Akhilesh Yadav said the decision to accept Amar Singh’s resignation was taken at the state parliamentary board meeting in Lucknow on Friday. “All the top leaders said it would be in the interest of the party to accept the resignation,” he said.

Mulayam and Akhilesh Yadav are in Saifai (in Etawah district) where the Saifai festival is on. They are busy preparing for a statewide protest against the Mayawati government on January 19.