Samajwadi Partys Rajya Sabha MP and national general secretary Mohan Singh on Monday tendered an apology for his statements on a TV channel last week,in which he had said that Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav was against induction of Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya in the ministry.
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 (LAD) fund for buying a vehicle for personal use.
Raja Bhaiyyas induction in the Cabinet had led to a controversy due to of his criminal past and the fact that he was not a member of the SP. Akhilesh had then said he had been framed in false cases by the Mayawati government.
Akhileshs decision to allow MLAs to buy cars from their LAD fund was condemned by all other parties and they announced that their MLAs would not take this benefit. Within 24 hours,the CM withdraw his decision.
Singhs statements created ripples in the party and state spokesperson Rajendra Choudhary issued a statement stating that the Chief Minister was mature enough and he had displayed it on various occasions,both inside the Assembly and outside. He also said the ministers were appointed by Akhilesh himself.
In his statement today,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 that the present government was the result of Akhileshs hard labour and people had high expectations from him. 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.
This is not the first time that Singh has landed in trouble. At the height of election campaign,he made a statement favouring induction of D P Yadav in the party,which Akhilesh had publicly opposed. He was then stripped of his post as partys national spokesperson .