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SP Leader Amar Singh Quits From Party Posts

PTI 06 Jan 2010, 22:25:27 IST

Amid widening gulf with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, high-profile Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Wednesday quit as its General Secretary and other posts with some bitter words about the party and left everybody guessing about his future course of action. 

Singh, who is in Dubai, said unlike Congress and BJP, there was "hardly any division of labour in my party" and he should get his "earned leave" after waging a "lonely battle with death in the company of some select close friends". 

Contending that his priority now was his health, wife and children, he said he had so far "given priority to my leader and party and now I want to do the same for my family and friends." 

He told PTI over phone that he had faxed his resignation as national General Secretary, Spokesman and member of Samajwadi Party parliamentary board. 

The 53-year-old leader, who was considered Yadav's right hand man, insisted there was "no political motive" behind his resignation but appeared bitter about the party. 

Late in the night, Singh wrote in his blog that "unnecessarily, a lot (is) being read in my resignation". 

He said that after his kidney transplant operation in Singapore in October last year, he felt "terribly overworked and stressed" and his doctors had advised rest. 

Yadav sought to downplay Singh's resignation and claimed there were no differences between them. 

He said the issue of Amar Singh's resignation was an "internal matter" of the party and will be discussed in the Parliamentary Board and executive committee. 

Singh wrote in his blog that he felt "terribly overworked and stressed post kidney transplant... Under the spell of scorching heat of 40 degree with 10 creatinine level and just 7 hemoglobin, I tirelessly worked for the party during 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

I used to vomit whole day and was under dialysis".  He said his "party has got many energetic general secretaries such as Reoti Raman Singh Ji, Mohan Singh Ji, Ramjilal Suman Ji, Sanjay Dutt Ji and above all Ramgopal (Yadav) Ji to fill the slot vacated by me".  The SP leader, who continues to be the party's Rajya Sabha MP, said earlier in the day that he has suggested to Mulayam Ramgopal Yadav's name for the post of party's spokesperson in his place. PTI