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Amar dig fells Babbar

THE SAMAJWADI Party on Tuesday suspended its Agra MP Raj Babbar from the parliamentary party for his recent outbursts against party general secretary Amar Singh. Babbar has been demanding Amar Singh?s removal from the party, accusing him of ?promoting broker culture?. Unruffled by his suspension, Babbar met CPI(M) leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and repeated the charges. At the CPI(M) office, he told reporters that he had not raised his voice against any individual, party or leader but was talking of ?political degeneration? and ?brokers?.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 01:30 IST

THE SAMAJWADI Party on Tuesday suspended its Agra MP Raj Babbar from the parliamentary party for his recent outbursts against party general secretary Amar Singh. Babbar has been demanding Amar Singh’s removal from the party, accusing him of “promoting broker culture”. Unruffled by his suspension, Babbar met CPI(M) leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and repeated the charges. At the CPI(M) office, he told reporters that he had not raised his voice against any individual, party or leader but was talking of “political degeneration” and “brokers”.

The morale of criminals in Uttar Pradesh is high today, he said. “I am concerned about my party’s face tomorrow — whether it would be like Lohia, whose principles it claims to follow, or like Amar Singh, whose identity is that of a broker,” Babbar said. Everybody knows this, he asserted.

Expressing faith in party president and UP chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Babbar said that he was “a big leader” and, if called, he would definitely meet him and convey his side of the story. The MP said that he had met the Left leaders as the Left was like an “umbrella” over the country’s secular parties.

These were the parties who stuck to their policies, he said. Making an example of the airport privatisation issue, the actor-turned politician said that the Left parties had opposed it as a matter of policy and ended the agitation only after securing the workers’ interest. On the other hand, the Samajwadi Party spokesman had opposed the privatisation because industrialist Anil Ambani had not got the contract.

“You can see the difference. If such brokers take over the country, there would be no shortage of scams. We have to oppose the trend and parties should make their stand clear.” Yechury later said: “We heard him. It is for him to decide his political moves.” Committing himself to giving his very last drop of blood in his effort to save secularism, Babbar also raised the question of who had brought about a meeting between the Samajwadi Party president and RSS leaders.

Babbar said that he was ready to appear before the three-member committee which will investigate his conduct. The committee is headed by senior party MP Mohan Singh as its convener and also includes party MPs Shahid Siddiqui and Akhilesh Yadav. Babbar’s suspension letter, issued by party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, said it appeared that the Agra MP was making the charges at the behest of the Congress. It said that there could be differences but the manner in which Babbar had aired them publicly was an act of indiscipline.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 01:30 IST