No plans to take Amar in Samajwadi Front: Shivpal
Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav on Sunday said he has no plans to take Amar Singh in his proposed Samajawadi Secular Front and that he had also opposed his rejoining the party last year.
"I was not in favour of Amar Singh joining SP again. I knew he will not be getting due respect and one should avoid...You can ask anyone I was not in his favour", Yadav said. Amar was termed as an "outsider" by SP president Akhilesh Yadav during he state assembly polls.
The Samajwadi Party (SP) had in May 2016 declared Amar Singh as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections taking him back to the party, six years after his expulsion.
Amar was expelled from the SP along with then Rampur MP Jaya Prada in February 2010 on charges of anti-party activities, after which he established his own party Lok Manch. In 2014, however, Amar Singh and Mulayam were again seen together at a function in Lucknow, after which they kept meeting frequently.
Amar was expelled on Jan 1 this year at the SP national convention when Akhilesh became SP president. Asked whether he would consider taking Amar in his front Shivpal said, "There is no plan as such to take him. We will take along all the 'samajwadis' (socialists), who are feeling neglected".
Shivpal said, "He is open to do anything for unity within the family. If they (Akhilesh and others) want they can sit with 'netaji' (Mulayam). I want to ensure that netaji gets due respect. And for this I am ready for any placement".
Holding "sycophancy and backbiting" responsible for the dispute within the family, Shivpal said, "all will be well if the family is united. There is no reason for dispute within the family. Our first priority will be to unite the family".