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Amar Singh Refuses To Resign From Rajya Sabha

Estranged Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday  refused to resign from the Rajya Sabha even as the party's newly appointed general secretary and spokesperson Mohan Singh was quick in demanding the same from the
PTI January 27, 2010 23:13 IST
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Estranged Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday  refused to resign from the Rajya Sabha even as the party's newly appointed general secretary and spokesperson Mohan Singh was quick in demanding the same from the dissenting leader.

'I had resigned only from some party posts and not from the party, and that too on health grounds as I need rest. Stepping down from party posts does not amount to indiscipline. I will not resign from Rajya Sabha," Amar told reporters here.

The former SP general secretary was responding to Mohan's statement earlier that he should resign as SP's Rajya Sabha member on moral grounds as he has already detached himself from the party by resigning from the key posts.

Amar said when party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav telephoned him this morning to wish him on his birthday, "I asked him if I should resign from the party, he said there was no need".

Yadav appointed three new party general secretaries in place of Amar, Obaidullah Azmi and Sanjay Dutt. Besides Mohan, the two other general secretaries are Vishambhar Prasad Nishad and Ramasare Kushwaha.

Describing himself as an ordinary party worker, who despite his damaged kidneys, campaigned for SP leaders during the 2007 UP assembly polls and last year's Lok Sabha elections, Amar said "for somebody who is unwell, Mohan Singh on my birthday has given me such a gift, though he himself lost his Lok Sabha seat last year. I thank him".

Mohan had earlier described Amar as somebody who has now been relegated to the past and called on the need to rebuild the party focusing on its socialist face. PTI