The Akhilesh Yadav-led government in Uttar Pradesh Monday appointed former BSP MP Vijay Bahadur Singh as the new Advocate General (AG). Singh was expelled by BSP chief Mayawati from the party last year for supporting a controversial statement made by the then Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi in reference to Gujarat riots.
The post of AG had been lying vacant after the cabinet removed Vinay Chandra Mishra from the post on July 29. Singh is the third AG to be appointed by the Akhilesh Yadav government after Mishra and his predecessor S P Gupta.
A senior lawyer, Singh made his electoral debut in 2009 as a BSP candidate and was elected from Hamirpur Lok Sabha seat. He was, however, denied the party ticket after he angered Mayawati by describing as “sensitive” a remark made by Modi in the context of the Gujarat riots. During an interview last year, Modi was quoted as having said that even if a puppy comes under the wheels of a car, one feels sad.
Mayawati first suspended and then expelled him. Singh joined the Samajwadi Party (SP) ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in April this year.
Singh, who assumed charge on Monday and entered AG’s official address, 1 Kalidas Marg, refused to comment on the statements he had made about Modi. “That is in the past. Whatever I say, I say from my heart. Ask me about Samajwadi Party now,” he said.
Party gives them 48 hours to respond.