Amid the ragging infighting among Samajwadi Party’s top leadership, Amar Singh on Wednesday told reporters that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minsiter Akhilesh Yadav is like a son to him and he has never spoken out against him till date.
Akhilesh, after being replaced as the Samajawadi Party chief, said that it is worrisome that outsiders were meddling in party affairs.
The barb was supposedly directed at a senior bureaucrat, who is close to the new SP chief Shivpal Yadav and was sacked by Akhilesh.
When asked whether Akhilesh’s outsider comment was directed at him, Singh said, “Aap kitna bhi kahei Akhilesh ne yeh kaha hai,mai manane ko tayar nahi. Aajtak usne ne vyaktigat roop se mere baare mei ek shabd nahi kaha (No matter how many times you say that Akhilesh had said this, I am not ready to accept it. Until today he has never personally spoken out against me).” He refused to answer the question saying that he wouldn’t be provoked into giving a statement on the issue.
Singh, who recently returned to the party fold, added that he shares a brotherly relationship with SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. “If Mulayam Singhji says I’m the culprit, I’ll accept it. I met Mulayam Singh ji yesterday, I share a brotherly relation with him,” said Singh.
Earlier today, Akhilesh, speaking out against the alleged rift in the party, said that there may be problems in the government but not within the Yadav family. The UP chief minister stripped Shivpal Yadav of key portfolios after the latter replaced him as the party chief.