Exclusive : Mulayam recounts Amar Singh’s `Ahsaan’ (Favours)
With the clamour of ousting an “outsider” from Samajwadi party gaining support, the party patriarch threw enough hints to suggest that Amar Singh will remain in the party because “he had helped Mulayam Singh Yadav in times of crisis”.
“There are two people who have helped me in times of crisis – one is Janeshwar Mishra and the other is Amar Singh. This is history that Singh has always stood by me in my difficult hours. Should I forget his contributions,” Yadav told a select group of reporters at his residence on Saturday evening.
“Do you know who Amar Singh is? Amar Singh had stood by me when all others had dumped me after a CBI probe began against me,” he said. “The other man Janeshwar Mishra attacked the then Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha and said he should have asked him (Mishra) before ordering a probe,” Yadav said.
This statement indicated, if not confirmed, Amar Singh’s status in the party. Despite Akhilesh Yadav and other senior party leaders like Prof Ram Gopal Yadav and Md Azam Khan demanding a removal of Amar Singh from the party, Mulayam Singh and Shivpal Singh Yadav stand solidly behind this self-proclaimed Thakur leader.
The anti-Amar lobby says that Amar Singh meets Mulayam at his Delhi residence and poisons his ears against Akhilesh. Insiders say that Amar Singh had struck a deal with former Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal about the construction of Lucknow-Ballia Expressway without taking Akhilesh into confidence. When Akhilesh came to know about it, he changed his Chief secretary.
Sources say that Amar had informed Mulayam and Shivpal Singh Yadav before finalizing the deal. Therefore, when Deepak Singhal was sacked, he went to the durbar of Mulayam Singh Yadav and pleaded that he had acted as per the advice of Amar Singh. “I am the one who never forgets people who help me. I am not `ahsaanfaramosh’. The person who has helped me in times of crisis is my friend. Good or bad – he is my friend,” Mulayam Singh Yadav said without taking the name of Amar Singh but throwing enough hints that what he feels about Amar Singh.
He also heaped praises for his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav and said: “had I listened to him (Shivpal) I would have been PM now.” “Shivpal wanted that I should be CM after 2012 elections and Akhilesh should be given the reins after 2014. But everyone in the party clamored for making Akhilesh the CM. What happened despite his being the CM? Only five members of the family won. If I had listened to Shivpal, we would have won 30-35 seats and I would have been the PM,” Mulayam Singh said.
“If Akhilesh is unhappy with Shivpal because of this, he should remember that people have accepted him as CM because he is my son. He never had any individual standing in politics,“ Mulayam said.
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