In yet another sequel to the unfolding drama in the Samajwadi Party, national president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday appointed the effervescent Amar Singh as the national general secretary of the party.
This comes in the backdrop of the open ranting and raving of UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav last week, dubbing Singh as “the outsider” who was trying to create a wedge between the family members.
The latest development clearly shows that Amar Singh remains a major bone of contention in the Samajwadi family. In a hand-written letter to Amar Singh by Mulayam Singh on the member of parliament’s letterhead states that, “You have been appointed general secretary of the Samajwadi Party. I hope in the coming days you will strengthen the party in the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly election”. The letter was released to the media by the newly-appointed state president of the party, Shivpal Singh Yadav.
It may be mentioned that in a series of developments last week, Amar Singh’s name popped up when Akhilesh, without naming him, said that an “outsider was trying to stoke a family feud”.
But, setting aside all the concerns of the chief minister, Mulayam Singh Yadav conferred to Amar Singh the same position that he had been holding when he was expelled from the party six years ago. He is now the party’s Rajya Sabha member as well as its national general secretary.
Today’s move indicates the predicament of leadership tussle and discord within the party – the national president having his way in appointing the party’s general secretary, the state president enjoying full freedom in expelling leaders who are close to CM Akhilesh Yadav and the CM himself trying to wield the baton by taking away prestigious ministry of PWD from Shivpal Yadav and keeping it in his custody.
What remains to be seen is where this game of one-upmanship will lead to. With Assembly elections round the corner, the Samajwadi Party today is a severely divided house – each member trying to undo the other and show the political clout.