Amar placates Mulayam, but not his family
Five days after he resigned from all official posts of the Samjwadi Party (SP), Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh signalled peace with Mulayam Singh Yadav, but his subtle jibes at the Yadav family continued, reports Varghese K George.Updated: Jan 12, 2010 02:40 IST
Five days after he resigned from all official posts of the Samjwadi Party (SP), Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh signalled peace with Mulayam Singh Yadav, but his subtle jibes at the Yadav family continued.
“Even if netaji turns against me, I would never speak anything against Mulayam Singh Yadav and his family and would not leave the party,” Singh told Hindustan Times over the phone from London.
Responding to SP leader Ramgopal Yadav, who had said Singh was not indispensable to the party, Amar Singh said: “I agree with him. I will not withdraw my resignation.”
Mulayam, son Akhilesh and cousin Ramgopal have spoken to Amar Singh to buy peace with the leader who had rebelled protesting his sidelining by Mulayam’s family members.
Amar Singh too signaled peace saying that he would attend the Saifai Festival, a cultural show at Mulayam’s village Safai in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh, which started on Monday, and the forthcoming marriage of Ramgopal Yadav’s son, but added enough indications that his tough bargaining would continue.
Amar Singh refuted criticism from some SP Muslim MLAs that he was responsible for bringing Kalyan Singh, the BJP chief minister who presided over the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992, to the party. “I did not bring him to SP. Everyone knows who took the initiative to bring him,” he said, in a veiled reference to Ramgopal.
Amar Singh ruled out the possibility of his joining any other party. “I will continue as a worker and MP of the SP.”