Samajwadi Party row: Amar Singh breaks silence, says hurt by Akhilesh’s ‘dalal’ remark
Weeks after the turf war in Samajwadi Party erupted, SP leader Amar Singh on Thursday broke his silence on the rift saying he was deeply hurt by the comment made by Akhilesh Yadav.
Hitting out Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister for calling him a “dalal”, Amar Singh said he was the only person stood by Akilesh when his family was against his marriage to Dimpal Yadav.
Singh was quoted by The Indian Express as saying: “I am hurt by his (Akhilesh Yadav) words. There is no photo of his wedding where this ‘dalal’ is not there. When his family was opposing his marriage, I was the only one supporting him.”
Singh also added that he may not be with CM Akhilesh but will always support Mulayam Singh Yadav’s son Akhilesh, media report said.
Amar Singh, a close ally of Mulayam Singh Yadav, was expelled from the party in 20110 for “anti-party activities”. However, he recently made a come back to the party and was given a Rajya Sabha seat.
The turf war in SP became visible when CM sacked party’s mining minister Gayatri Prajapati after Mualayam appointed Shivpal Yadav as the party president, replacing Akhilesh from the post.
Media reports said Akhilesh had alleged Singh’s role behind the feud in the Samajwadi Party. Reacting to this allegation, Amar Singh said: “When Akhilesh Yadav replaced Shivpal Yadav as the UP SP President, even then I was blamed for it. But instead of blaming me, Shivpal Yadav welcomed the new UP SP President in the party office.”
In the latest development, Party president Shivpal Yadav has expelled Tej Pratap Pandey, Minister of State for Forest, from the party for manhandling an MLC Aashu Mallick.
He has also asked the CM to drop him from his cabinet, but Akhilesh Yadav is yet to sack him.