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Amar Ridicules Mulayam's 'Anti-English' Stand

PTI 21 Jan 2010, 9:58:05 AM IST

In an apparent ridicule of Mulayam Singh Yadav's 'anti-English stand', Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday said had the party chief been so then his children would not have studied abroad.

"I am writing my blog in Hindi so that my leader Mulayam Singh Yadav can read it himself. An earlier blog posting of mine, which was written in English and posted on computer had been given an anti-Mulayam flavour by some people, even though I had only mentioned him and his family in a positive light," Singh wrote in his blog on Wednesday.

He further said, "Netaji (Mulayam) is against English being given a compulsory status, and favours Hindi and other Indian languages."

"Had he (Mulayam) been anti-English, then children of his family would not have gone abroad to study, he quipped.

"I am currently searching for an article by Ram Manohar Lohia, which he had written in favour of English. If I find it, then I will post it on my blog soon," he went on to add.

SP in its manifesto for last year's Lok Sabha elections had underlined strong anti-English and anti-computer policies. Mulayam's son Akhilesh Yadav has studied in Australia.

Referring to All India Congress Committee general secretary Rahul Gandhi's statement in Bhopal that he (Singh) is not a young man of 25 years, Singh wrote, "Rahul is right. I am an old man of 54 years and out of this I have devoted 20 years to Mulayam Singh and SP. That I have now got so much time to spend with my family and friends and take care of my health, for this I especially thank Mulayam Singh Yadav."

Meanwhile, responding to in-house criticism that he was instrumental in Samajwadi Party's tie-up with Kalyan Singh, Singh targeted his party boss Mulayam Singh Yadav accusing him of forging the alliance with the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister.

Talking to the media after launching a month-long Kshatriya Chetna Yatra in Varanasi, Amar Singh ruled out launching a new political outfit.

"I am being blamed by senior SP leaders for inclusion of Kalyan Singh in the party just before the last Lok Sabha elections and the party's poll debacle due to desertion of Muslim voters from the party. But it is far from the truth," he said. PTI