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War Of Words Between Amar And SP Leaders Intensify

The war of words between Samajwadi leaders and their estranged colleague Amar Singh escalated on Thursday with one of them saying he is not giving up his Raja Sabha seat, as demanded, for political benefit. 
PTI January 28, 2010 23:05 IST
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The war of words between Samajwadi leaders and their estranged colleague Amar Singh escalated on Thursday with one of them saying he is not giving up his Raja Sabha seat, as demanded, for political benefit. 

Amar Singh quickly hit back back declaring he was capable of winning Lok Sabha elections from the seats held by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's kin, including son Akhilesh, in Uttar Pradesh after contesting against them. 

Reacting to party spokesperson Mohan Singh's demand that he should resign from Rajya Sabha on "moral grounds", Amar Singh said, "I am not against Mulayam Singh and I will not contest against him. But I am ready to accept the challenge of returning to Parliament on my own. I request Mulayamji to get the Kannauj and Badayun seats vacated and I will contest against Akhilesh Singh (from Kannauj) and nephew Dharmendra (Badaun)."

To a question on whether he would really contest against Mulayam's kin, Singh said, "there is no other option as too much is being said against me in the name of Mulayam Singh Yadav."

Mohan Singh earlier fired a fresh salvo at Mulayam's once close lieutenant even taunting him. "He (Amar Singh) has been teaching everybody a lesson on morality but after his refusal to quit it has now become clear who is moral and who is not. I think it is his cleverness," he said. "His political aim is to remain in some post through some party and he has stuck to this motive of his. Politics is not his real motive," Mohan Singh said

On Amar Singh's statement that seeking his resignation was Mohan Singh's personal comment and not the party's view, the spokesman said, "It pains me to say that when Amar Singh was party spokesman, whatever he said, he used to present it as the party's point of view. PTI