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Amar Singh goes soft on Raj

mumbai Updated: Aug 09, 2010 02:04 IST
HT Correspondent

Former Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh tried to play down the statement by Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray regarding migrants spreading malaria.

“Raj is a soft person and may have said it due to political compulsions,” Singh said at a function of the Lokmanch Party on Sunday.

“I have met him (Raj) several times along with a common friend Lalit Soni. He is a very soft person with immense self-esteem,” he added.

On August 2, Raj had held the migrants in the city responsible for the rise in malaria cases.

Asked whether he was trying to be soft on Raj, Singh refuted saying, “I have not changed my thoughts regarding Raj.”

Singh also pushed for a separate Purvanchal state and said he would support anyone who supports the idea.

He would be visiting the Vidarbha region for a week to understand the reason of farmer suicides despite the state providing them with several packages.

Talking about SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s anti-English and anti-computer stand, Singh said, “Youth from Uttar Pradesh will have lesser employment opportunities due to lack of knowledge of English and computers. Mulayam’s wrong policies will be responsible for this.”