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Digvijay's Rebuff To Amar

PTI 18 Jan 2010, 21:48:52 PM IST

In an apparent rebuff to Amar Singh, Congress on Monday dismissed the sulking Samajwadi Party leader's claim suggesting that his DNA was Congress. 

""First you have to define what is DNA", AICC General Secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters giving signals that the ruling party was not interested in inducting him despite his statements favouring the party and its leadership. 

Digviajay Singh, who is in charge of party affairs in Uttar Pradesh, is not on the best of terms with Amar Singh who had attacked him during the seat-sharing talks between the two parties in the Lok Sabha polls. The tie-up between the two parties failed to materialise. 

Amar Singh had recalled in an interview that he had started in Congress and "my DNA is not anti-Congress" and that he admired Rahul Gandhi. 

The SP leader had also claimed that some people in the Congress are holding against him certain anti-Sonia Gandhi statements made by him in the past. "I was only mouthing what my party wanted me to do. I had nothing personal against her.", he had said. 

At the AICC briefing, party spokesman Shakeel Ahmed described as an "internal matter of SP" the acceptance of resignation of Amar Singh from various party posts. 

The talk in Congress circles is that Amar Singh wants to join Mamata Banerjee's Trinamool Congress as that party is a key ally of the Congress at the Centre which could give Singh a foothold in UPA. Singh had a good rapport with Banerjee till sometime back and her party's immediate goal is to win assembly polls in West Bengal scheduled next year. PTI