During the meet of Samajwadi Party leaders and workers on Sunday, Mulayam Singh Yadav blasts his son Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for hitting out at Amar Singh and said that the later was as important to him as his brother Shivpal Singh is. But as the party is in serious crisis, and businessman is the centre of storm, why is it that Amar Singh continues to remain in the good books of Mulayam Singh Yadav? The answer for it was answered by Mulayam Singh Yadav himself during the meet, when he said that Amar Singh had saved him from going to jail.
The friendship between the two goes back since when the Congress Government under Veer Bahadur Singh was in power in Uttar Pradesh in 1985-88. Amar Singh formally joined Samajwadi Part in 1996 and went to Rajya Sabha with Mulayam Singh’s support. In 1996, when Third Front was in power at the Centre, Mulayam Singh Yadav was nurturing higher ambition. It was then that Amar Singh came closer to him and help theSamajwadi Party raise funds by becoming the bridge between it and industrialists, a ‘The Times of India’ report has said. Their friendship was at its peak in 2003, when Amar Singh played a major role in creating defections in the Bahujan Samaj Party and helping Samajwadi Party forming the government in the state.
His rise in the party also meant that Raj Babbar, Azam Khan and Beni Prasad Verma were pushed to the corner in the party, after which Raj Bababar and Azam being expelled from the party on indiscipline charges. Amar Singh was removed from the party in 2010, after anti-party activities.Now that he his back again, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s close aide is trying to claw back his lost ground in the party.