Kalyan Singh to campaign for SP
A day after Kalyan Singh quit BJP, Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh met the former UP Chief Minister who announced he would campaign for the SP in the coming Lok Sabha polls.india Updated: Jan 21, 2009 14:32 IST
A day after Kalyan Singh quit BJP, Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh Yadav and Amar Singh met the former UP Chief Minister who announced he would campaign for the SP in the coming Lok Sabha polls.
"I have no doubts that the SP would win maximum number of seats in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. Issue of Prime Ministership would be discussed after elections. I am also sure that NDA would never come to power," Kalyan Singh said, claiming that an important political equation was shaping in the state.
The BJP leader, who had resigned from the saffron party claiming that he had been humiliated and insulted, said he would campaign for the SP whenever required in the forthcoming elections.
Amar Singh, who along with Yadav drove to Kalyan Singh's residence, said "unlike the previous occasion when SP had joined hands with Kalyan Singh's RKP in 2002, this time the association is without any condition.
Describing their meeting as a historic moment, the SP General Secretary said that friendship among them would not be confined to the boundaries of Uttar Pradesh.
Both the SP chief and Kalyan Singh "share a similar ideology and feelings. They were the first to raise issues of 'bahujan samaj,' which now the Bahujan Samaj Party claims to represent," he told reporters. Asked if he supported Mulayam Singh Yadav's candidature for the Prime Minister's post, Kalyan Singh said "Last time when we forged an alliance, I had expressed my wish that Mulayam Singh becomes the Prime Minister.
"But at this point it is not about Prime Ministership. We have joined hands to strengthen the struggle for the cause of poor, backward and farmers," he said.
Asked about the possibility of Kalyan's son Rajbir Singh joining Samajwadi party, Yadav said that it would be known shortly.
Kalyan Singh said "We will take up the cause of dalits, backwards, farmers and downtrodden in the days to come. Its a friendship and not an alliance (with SP)".
Asked about any talks on seat-sharing, Singh said "dosti me ye sab baat nahi hoti" (There are no such talks in friendship).
Asked about the seat on which he would contest elections, Kalyan Singh said he had yet to decide whether to contest elections or not.
Terming Amar Singh as a pillar in the SP, Kalyan said "in Amar Singh the party has got a "Chanakya", adding the "Trimurti" (He-Mulayam and Amar) would change the political scenario in the days to come".
First Published: Jan 21, 2009 14:21 IST