Samajwadi Party general secretary Mohan Singh on Monday tendered an apology for his statements on a TV channel last week,in which he had stated that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was against induction of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya in the ministry.
Mohan Singh had also said Akhilesh was in a learning phase and that Mulayam Singh had got him to reverse the decision to allow MLAs to spend up to Rs 20 lakh from their local area development fund for buying a vehicle for personal use.
Raja Bhaiyyas induction in the Cabinet had led to a controversy because of his criminal past and the fact that he was not a member of the SP. Akhilesh had then stated that he had been framed in false cases by the Mayawati government,and that he had been part of the previous Mulayam Singh government.
Akhileshs decision to allow MLAs to buy cars from their local area development fund was condemned by all other parties and they announced that their MLAs would not take this benefit. Within 24 hours,the CM had to withdraw his decision.
His statements created ripples in the party,which issued a statement saying the CM was mature enough and had displayed it on various occasions. It also said the ministers were appointed by Akhilesh and his ministry was a balance of youth and experience.
In his statement,Singh said he regretted his statement. He said Raja Bhaiyya was a reliable companion of the party and had helped the party at times of distress. I have all respect for him in my heart, Singh added.
He also said the present government was the result of Akhileshs hard labour. I have high respect and love for him. If some people are feeling hurt due to my statements then I regret it and offer my apology, Singh said.