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Samajwadi Party suspends Raj Babbar

Babbar, who had launched a scathing attack on Gen Secy Amar Singh, was suspended from parliamentary board.

india Updated: Feb 07, 2006 16:28 IST

Noted film actor and Samajwadi party MP Raj Babbar was on Monday suspended from the party's parliamentary wing for anti-party activities.

This was communicated to Mr Babbar by Samajwadi Party Parliamentary Party leader in the Lok Sabha Ram Gopal Yadav.

Mr Babbar recently launched a scathing attack on party General Secretary Amar Singh.

A three-member committeehas been appointed to take further course of action.

Babbar defiant, refuses to resign

Earlier, the rumblings in the SP refused to die down with a defiantBabbar ruling out his resignation and insisting on removal of party stalwart Amar Singh for promoting "broker culture" and "maligning" the socialist moorings of the party.

He, however, spared party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav from criticism and targetted only Amar Singh.

"Amar Singh represents the broker culture. I definitely want the removal of this face from the legacy left behind by Choudhary Charan Singh and Ram Manohar Lohia and ably carried forward by Mulayam Singh Yadav," Babbar said in an interview.

Babbar who has recently come under attack from party leaders for his carping criticism of Singh, dismissed demands from leaders including Ram Gopal Yadav for his resignation.

"Why should I resign?" he shot back.

"Nobody, except the people of Agra, have any right to ask me to resign the Lok Sabha Seat. Samajwadi Party leaders definitely have no right. But I would like to say very humbly that I am ready to face any candidate from any constituency in Uttar Pradesh or elsewhere other than the Chief Minister to show what I am," Babbar said.

First Published: Feb 07, 2006 14:05 IST