I'm approached by several parties: rebel Samajwadi MP
Samajwadi Party MP Shafiq-ur- Rehman Barq, who had lashed out at his party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his alliance with Kalyan Singh, said several parties were approaching him to contest the LS polls on their ticket.delhi Updated: Feb 12, 2009 20:43 IST
Samajwadi Party MP Shafiq-ur- Rehman Barq, who had lashed out at his party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for his alliance with Kalyan Singh, on Thursday said several parties were approaching him to contest the Lok Sabha polls on their ticket.
"With Mulayam Singh Yadav having embraced Kalyan Singh, a person responsible for the demolition of Babri Masjid, I have now nothing to do with him. I am getting offers from other parties and may consider going to any of them," he said.
Barq, however, denied that he would be launching any party of his own. "I will neither resign as MP nor launch any party of my own. But one thing is certain that I will contest from Sambhal, which is my native place and is a good seat for me after delimitation," he told PTI.
Barq is the sitting MP from Moradabad.
Even before he made his anger against Mulayam public over former BJP leader Kalyan Singh's closeness with the SP chief, Barq has been sulking ever since the party announced Nawab Iqbal Mehmood as its candidate from Sambhal.
Through his insistence on contesting from Sambhal, Barq has made his intention of rebelling against the party clear.
Incidentally, during President Pratibha Patil's address to the joint sitting of Parliament earlier in the day, Barq got up and said Muslim minorities and backward caste communities are being deprived of their rights.
First Published: Feb 12, 2009 20:41 IST