Even as the Samajwadi Party prepared for showdown with Mayawati government on Tuesday (January 19), Mulayam Singh Yadav appeared to have closed Amar Singh's chapter in the party. Yadav, who has already accepted Singh's resignation from all party posts, now doesn't want to "look behind".
Addressing journalists in Lucknow on Monday, Yadav said that he did not want to look behind and was looking ahead to strengthen the party. Yadav also gave enough indication that his 15-year-old relationship with Amar Singh has
come to an end. Refusing to speak on long Mulayam-Amar saga, Yadav said, "talk about future".
About the party's prospects after departure of Amar Singh, Yadav said " people are our strength" and with their support the SP had planned to launch movement against the state government on January 19.
To persistent queries on Amar Singh, smiling Yadav said, "he had learnt to move ahead and not to look back". Yadav also said that "Socialism is not the property of any particular leader, we have large number of dedicated Socialists in our party".
Flanked by beaming leaders of opposition Shivpal Singh Yadav and Ahmad Hasan, Yadav said, "whenever there is any development either on the resignation of film actor Sanjay Dutt or expelled leader Mohd Azam Khan, it
would become public". Khan represents Rampur constituency in state assembly and is unattached member.
Yadav did not rule out the possibility of revocation of expulsion of Khan from the party. After 2009 Lok Sabha election in which Khan had campaigned against SP candidate Jaya Prada in Rampur, Yadav, under pressure of Amar
Singh, had expelled Khan from the party. However party sources told HT on Monday that moves were afoot to bring him back to party.
Yadav also firmly ruled out possibility of split in the party over Amar Singh issue. "There is no problem with party MLAs", Yadav said, adding that party with the support of the people would emerge stronger.
Yadav said with Tuesday's statewide agitation the movement against central and state governments would continue. The party workers would be courting arrest all over the state on Tuesday. Yadav would lead the workers in
When pointed out that the state government had not given permission to hold demonstration in Lucknow, Yadav said "the party doesn't care for permission". Yadav assailed the BSP government for massive crime rise and its failure in controlling prices of essential commodities. He said the state government could not escape responsibility by just blaming the centre on the issue.