Facing attack from Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and his supporters and being termed as an “outsider”, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh, preferred to skip the mega bash organised in Lucknow to mark 25 years of Samajwadi Party. Photographs of Amar, who is also SP national general secretary, were missing from hoardings and banners put up across the state capital.
SP spokesperson Deepak Mishra said that Amar could not attend the event because he was not well and had intimated in this regard to state party president Shivpal Singh Yadav.
However, insiders said that Amar skipped the event because a major section of the party, particularly the youth leaders, were against him. Akhilesh’s supporters had recently blamed him for the feud in the family and had also threatened to show him black flags if he attended the silver jubilee event.
Amar has been continuously facing allegations of being an “outsider”, interfering in the party affairs and causing the ongoing disturbance in the party. During the meeting with MLAs and MLCs at his official residence on October 23, sources said that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had blamed Amar for the disturbance in the party and for interfering between father and son (Mulayam and Akhilesh).
After that meeting, several youth leaders had called Amar an “anti-social element” and demanded that he should be expelled from the party. Akhilesh’s supporters outside his official residence on Kalidas Marg, had then raised slogans— “Amar Singh chor hai, dalal hai” and “party ke dalalon ko joota maro”. These workers, majority of them youths, had also torn photographs of Amar and torched his effigy.
A party leader had then said, “If Amar Singh attends the party’s silver jubilee celebrations on November 5, workers will show him black flags in protest.”
Amar was on the target of Akhilesh’s supporters last month when differences within the family first surfaced with Mulayam replacing CM by Shivpal on the post of party state president. Several youth workers had raised slogans demanding to expel Amar from SP as they alleged that changes in the party had occurred due to his interference.
The same day, while addressing the workers at party office, Mulayam, according to sources, said that Amar was important for the party as he had supported him (SP chief) in his bad times. Mulayam made that remark when a worker in meeting raised slogan to expel Amar from the party.