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Cong's Jibe At Amar For His Remarks About Mayawati

PTI 30 Jan 2010, 20:19:40 IST

Congress on Saturday  took a jibe at rebel SP leader Amar Singh for his remark that he can understand Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati's "pain" when she was "humiliated" by Mulayam Singh Yadav saying it took him long time to understand it. 

"It took him a long time to understand the pain. I was suprised to see that he challenged Mulayam Singh Yadav on his home turf. We would like Amar Singh to contest elections because the true assessment of a politician can be made only in people's court. Amar Singh should fight elections," AICC general secretary in-charge for Uttar Pradesh Digvijay Singh told reporters in New Delhi.

The Congress leader was replying to questions over the SP leader's remarks that the BSP supremo has proved herself against all odds and he can understand her "pain" when she was "humiliated" by Mulayam Singh Yadav. Congress at the same time said apparently in a lighter vein that if Singh wants to join Congress, he has to take the initiative.

Asked whether Congress will think over it if Amar takes the initiative to join Congress, Digvijay Singh said the party "will definitely think. But the initiative should come from him."  He, at the same time, added a decision on it will be taken by party President Sonia Gandhi.

Asked whether Amar Singh is warming up to BSP because Congress is not welcoming him, the AICC leader said "there is no question of welcoming or not welcoming Amar Singhji. There is a process for it in the party". 

Digvijay Singh said those who want to join Congress from other parties have to approach either PCC or AICC and then a decision is taken by the party President after making an assessment. He also maintained that Amar Singh is still a member of Rajya Sabha of Samajwadi Party and his membership will go if he joins any other party. 

The Congress leader, however, evaded a direct reply when asked whether Amar Singh's joining BSP will strengthen Mayawati's party and pose a challenge for Congress, saying this is a "very hypothetical question" and he will comment on it only after this happens.  Earlier,  Amar Singh, while stating that he was not without alternatives, heaped praise on Congress President Sonia Gandhi.

Both Mayawati and Gandhi have "proved themselves against all odds", Singh, who is under pressure to quit his Rajya Sabha seat, said. PTI