WHILE Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav sacked uncle Shivpal Yadav and his aides from the Cabinet Sunday, the anger at the meeting of Samajwadi Party MLAs and MLCs he addressed on Sunday was reserved for party general secretary Amar Singh.
Akhilesh said he would continue opposing Amar Singh, who was re-admitted into the party despite the CM’s objections, and that whoever supported the SP Rajya Sabha MP would not be acceptable to him.
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After the meeting was over, Forests Minister Tej Narain Pandey, the MLA from Ayodhya, called Amar Singh “an anti-social element” and said ‘dalaals’ like him should be expelled from the party. He also said stern action should be taken against those trying to malign the image of the CM in conspiracy with Amar Singh. He told The Indian Express he stood by his remarks.
Outside Akhilesh’s residence, where the meeting was held, Akhilesh’s supporters raised slogans “Amar Singh chor hai, dalaal hai” and “Party ke dalaalon ko joota maro”. They tore Amar Singh’s photo and torched his effigy.
A party leader said, “If Amar Singh attends the party’s silver jubilee celebrations on November 5, workers will show him black flags.”
Amar Singh has been the target of the Akhilesh camp since differences within the family hit a peak least month, with Mulayam Singh Yadav replacing Akhilesh with Shivpal as party state president.
However, Mulayam has backed Amar Singh, saying he had supported him through bad times.
Amar Singh made a comeback in the party earlier this year despite strong opposition by Akhilesh, Ram Gopal Yadav and Azam Khan. The only change this time from 2010, when he was expelled from the party, was that Amar Singh won the support of Shivpal.
Despite facing allegations of being an “outsider” from his rivals in SP, Amar Singhwas appointed general secretary of the party. In the hand-written appointment letter, Mulayam had said that Amar Singh will play a significant role in the upcoming state Assembly polls and would strengthen the party.
Amar Singh was expelled from the SP in February 2010 on charges of anti-party activities, after which he established his own party —- Rashtriya Lok Manch and fielded nearly 360 candidates in 2012 UP assembly polls. All his candidates lost election. Singh later contested the Lok Sabha election from Fatehpur Sikri in 2014 as Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) nominee and lost.
More than four years after his expulsion, Amar Singh shared the stage with Mulayam during opening up of Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow on August 5, 2014. In his five-minute speech, Amar Singh had stated that he was “Mulayamwadi”.