Raj Babbar suspended from Samajwadi Party
The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday suspended its MP from Agra, Raj Babbar, from the parliamentary party for his recent outbursts against party general secretary Amar Singh.Updated: Feb 11, 2006 19:43 IST
The Samajwadi Party on Tuesday suspended its MP from Agra, Raj Babbar, from the parliamentary party for his recent outbursts against party general secretary Amar Singh. Babbar has been demanding the removal of Amar Singh from the party, accusing him of "promoting broker culture".
Unruffled by his suspension, the actor-turned-politician met CPM leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury and repeated the charges. At the CPI (M) office, Babbar 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 was high in Uttar Pradesh 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 was that of a broker," he said.
Expressing faith in party president Mulayam Singh Yadav, Babbar said he was "a big leader" and, if called, he would definitely meet him and convey his side of the story.
The MP said he met the Left leaders as the Left was like an "umbrella" over the country's secular parties. Those parties went by policies and were true to them, he said.
Yechury later said: "We heard him. It is for him to decide his political moves."
First Published: Feb 11, 2006 19:43 IST