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All set to make a comeback

All set to make a comeback
Poor performance of Samajwadi Party in 2014 Lok Sabha polls has forced a desperate Mulayam Singh Yadav to join hands with his estranged lieutenant Amar Singh. After being without the man for four years, Mulayam Singh has realised he needs a person of Amar Singh’s background for networking with Modi government and the corporate sector.

During his previous role as number two in Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh had shown his importance in keeping a very direct contact with central government as well with prominent corporate giants of the country. So much so that during previous government of Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh was made chairman of UP Development Council which was instrumental in spurring industrial activities and bringing investment from corporate sector.

During last four years Amar Singh became biggest critic of Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Ram Gopal and publicly ridiculed them on every occasion. But on the other hand, Mulayam Singh Yadav showed political maturity when he declined to say anything against Amar Singh. Even Akhilesh Yadav refrained from saying anything against Amar Singh. Only Ram Gopal Yadav, who was instrumental in getting Amar Singh sacked from the party, kept on launching attacks on him. After being thrown out of Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh tried all possible ways to find entry in BJP or Congress but finding him too hot to handle, both the parties dumped him. Amar Singh and Jaya Prada were RLD candidates in recent Lok Sabha polls.

Amar Singh had no alternative but to form his own party and he contested from Fatehpur Sikri and his close associate former Bollywood actress Jaya Prada from Bijnor. Both of them lost miserably. Even his term in Rajya Sabha is coming to an end in November and he desperately seeking re-election, which only Mulayam can achieve.

Mulayam took the advantage of Janeshwar Mishra Park inauguration function at Lucknow to invite Amar Singh and send the right signals in the political quarters at the right time. Amar Singh not only accepted the invitation but claimed during his speech at the function that he was not a Samajwadi but  ‘Mulayamwadi’.

But return of Amar Singh into Samajwadi Party is not as simple as it appears to be. Mulayam’s brothers Ram Gopal Singh and Shivpal Yadav and powerful cabinet minister Mohd Azam Khan are strongly opposed to him. And they have all joined hands to resist the re-entry of Amar Singh. Ram Gopal Yadav and Mohd Azam Khan expressed their anger over invitation to Amar Singh and boycotted the function. On the eve of Amar Singh’s arrival in Lucknow, a prominent leader of Samajwadi Party C P Rai reacted strongly on the news the former’s arrival at the Janeshwar Mishra Park function and condemned the Thakur leader. Rai went on to say that how party could take such a person back who was not even considered to be politician with clout.

There is realisation in Samajwadi Party leaders that Amar Singh was main factor, which saw so many senior leaders quitting the party. Senior leaders like Beni Prasad Verma, Raj Babbar and many others left Samajwadi Party due to Amar Singh.

At time when politicians like Beni Prasad Verma and others are exploring the possibility of homecoming, they would stop if Amar Singh gets re-inducted in the party. Political analysts think with the re-induction of Amar Singh, Mulayam Singh Yadav would also be eyeing powerful Thakur community votes as Amar Singh has projected himself as their leader. Since Amar Singh always remained the power centre in SP, it would get difficult for Akhilesh Yadav to maintain a balance. The young UP chief minister is also under pressure from so many uncles. IPA     
Pradeep Kapoor

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