On Sunday, Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav said that he has no plans to take Amar Singh in his proposed Samajwadi Secular Front and that he had also opposed his rejoining the party last year.
“I was not in favour of Amar Singh joining SP again. I knew he will not be getting due respect and one should avoid…You can ask anyone I was not in his favour”, Mr Yadav said. Amar Singh was declared as a candidate for the Rajya Sabha elections from the SP, after his expulsion from the party for 6 years.
Notably, Amar Singh was expelled from the party in 2010, along with Jaya Prada on charges of anti-party activities, after which he established his own party – Lok Manch.
When Yadav was asked if he is would consider taking Amar in his front, he said, “There is no plan as such to take him. We will take along all the ‘samajwadis’ (socialists), who are feeling neglected”. He added that he is “open to do anything for unity within the family. If they (Akhilesh and others) want they can sit with ‘netaji’ (Mulayam). I want to ensure that netaji gets due respect. And for this, I am ready for any placement”.
Talking about the decision to form the ‘Samajwadi Secular Front’, which will be headed by Mulayam Singh, Shivpal Yadav said that it will bring the party on the “right track”. He further went on saying that this section is only a ‘front’ and not a party.
“We will constitute the Samajwadi Secular Front in July to bring the SP on the right track. We will formally announce it at a meeting in Lucknow”, Shivpal Yadav said.
“SP patron Mulayam will be the national president of the front and I would be its convenor,” he said. On the possibility of the Front jumping in the political arena in the future in case family dispute did not settle down, he said, “There are no elections right now. The next poll is in 2019 (Lok Sabha polls) and then in 2022 (UP assembly polls). We will decide in later stage what situation arises”.