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Don’t take Amar back,Beni tells SP

Amid reports that Amar Singh could return to the Samajwadi Party,Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma Monday cautioned the party against taking its former general secretary back.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Lucknow | Published: September 25, 2012 4:18:02 am

Amid reports that Amar Singh could return to the Samajwadi Party,Union Steel Minister Beni Prasad Verma Monday cautioned the party against taking its former general secretary back.

Verma,who himself was with the SP once,advised Mulayam Singh Yadav to re-think before taking back Amar Singh because such a decision won’t be in the interest of his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav.

“The future of SP is with Akhilesh and he will have to suffer due to the wrong decision,if taken,of Mulayam taking back Amar Singh,” Verma said.

Verma also made it clear that he himself won’t go back to the SP. “There is no chance of my re-entry into the SP. Why will I do so? I don’t want to become an MLA and at the Centre,SP has only a supporting role to play. I will remain with the Congress for the rest of my life,” he said.

On reports that he has suddenly developed “softness” towards Mulayam,the minister said it was only “natural”. “Yes I am soft towards Mulayam. It’s natural as he is supporting our government. Mulayam has good relations with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. And as I am the minister in the UPA government,I have a soft corner for Mulayam,with whom I have worked for 35 years,” he said.

On the Akhilesh government in UP,Verma said he would give “full marks to him as he is honest and running a neat and clean government till now”.

He,in fact,described himself as the “political father” of Akhilesh and advised Mulayam to not interfere in his government. “Mulayam is only the biological father of Akhilesh and I am his political father. In this capacity,I advise Mulayam to inspire Akhilesh to take bold decisions and support him for the same,” Verma said.

On the SP opposing FDI in multi-brand retail,Verma said he would talk to Akhilesh and Mulayam and ask them to allow FDI in UP.

On the possibility of a third-front forming the next government and Mulayam becoming the prime minister,Verma said: “Rahul Gandhi will become prime minister and Mulayam will support him”.

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