SP crisis: Amar Singh extends support to Mulayam Singh, appeals workers to support 'Netaji' not Akhilesh

Veteran politician Amar Singh, who made a come back in Samajwadi Party in May after he was expelled for ‘anti-party activities’, today extended his support to party patron Mulayam Singh over expulsion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh.
Amar Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh
India TV Politics Desk Lucknow December 31, 2016 10:39 IST

Veteran politician Amar Singh, who made a come back in Samajwadi Party in May after he was expelled for ‘anti-party activities’, today extended his support to party patron Mulayam Singh over expulsion of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav and his uncle Ram Gopal Yadav from the party on late Friday night.

“Mai apna poora samarthan netaji ko deta hoon, unki avmanna party ka anushasan bhang karne ke samaan hai. (I gave my full support to Netaji. Disrespecting him is like breaking the discipline in the party),”Amar Singh said.

“Aaj toh kuch aisa lag raha hai ki Ram Chandra keh gaye siya se aisa kalyug aayga beta karega raj bechara baap jungle ko jayga (Today the present scenario in party looks like: Ramchandra told Sita such kaliyug will come that a goose will eat little grains and crow will eat pearls), he added.

Amar Singh further appealed workers to support Mulayam Singh Yadav.

The ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh split on Friday between party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who was expelled from the party following a rift over the selection of candidates for the assembly elections due next early next year.

Also expelled for alleged anti-party activities was Akhilesh-backer and party General Secretary Ram Gopal Yadav who had earlier in the day called a national convention of the Samajwadi Party on Sunday after Mulayam Singh finalised his list of candidates for the polls in the politically most crucial state.

The Akhilesh faction with Ram Gopal Yadav's support came up with a separate list of candidates, sparking crisis in the Yadav family and the party as its five year rule in the state draws to a close.

Asserting his authority, Mulayam Singh said only he, as the party chief, had the right to call a national council meet and nobody else could do so.

"We are expelling both Akhilesh and Ram Gopal from the party for six years. Both of them showed indiscipline...this is to send a strong message that indiscipline won't be tolerated," Mulayam Singh told reporters at a hurriedly convened presser with brother Shivpal Yadav sitting by his side.

The SP chief said Akhilesh Yadav is no longer the Chief Minister and the party would decide who would succeed his 43-year-old son.

"I made Akhilesh the chief minister. Now he does not even consult me," said the senior Yadav, adding he was sacking the son to "save the party".

 
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