Peace within the Samajwadi Party got a body blow as its national president Mulayam Singh Yadav appointed ‘outsider’ Amar Singh as the national general secretary of the party, much to the chagrin of Amar Singh baiters in the party, including Akhilesh Yadav.
The letter appointing Amar Singh as national general secretary was handwritten by Mulayam Singh and read: “You have been appointed as the national general secretary of the party and we expect that you will put all your efforts to ensure a victory for the party in the 2017 Assembly elections in UP.”
This followed hard on the heels of Akhilesh Yadav stating in Lucknow on Tuesday morning that the `Samajwadi Parivar’ stands united and would contest the forthcoming Assembly election with a mission to form the next government in Uttar Pradesh.
Amar Singh will now be the third general secretary of the party along with Ram Gopal Yadav and Azam Khan. Both Ram Gopal and Azam Khan are vehemently opposed to Amar Singh and were instrumental in the expulsion of Singh from the party in January 2010.
This is seen as the third consecutive setback for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav in the last three days since the feud in the first family burst open. On September 18, newly-appointed state president of the party Shivpal Yadav, who is also the uncle of the chief minister, sacked one MLC Arvind Yadav, nephew of Ramgopal Yadav, and on Monday, three MLCs and four heads of the frontal organisations of the party known as `part of team Akhilesh’ were expelled from the party.
Last week, the Chief Minister had described Amar Singh as an `outsider’ and held him responsible for the feud in the family. He was seconded by Prof Ram Gopal and Azam Khan. But the way Amar Singh has been brought back shows the SP chieftain has no consideration for Akhilesh now.
Amar Singh has become general secretary after six years. He had resigned from all posts of the party on January 6, 2010, and later was expelled along with his close aide Rampur MP Jaya Prada and six MLAs by Mulayam Singh Yadav in February 2010.
“Akhilesh Yadav is a dummy Chief Minister. The recent happenings in Samajwadi Party Parivar prove that Akhilesh has no say either in the government or in the party,” BJP state general secretary Vijay Bahadur Pathak said.