Amar Singh invites Jaswant to join SP

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Aug 27 2009, 04:16am hrs
Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has sent feelers to expelled BJP leader Jaswant Singh to join his party.

I have spoken with him and I have very candidly told him that he is not alone. I am too small a fry to invite him to my party but it will be my fortune to enable him to do something to be active in politics through the platform of the SP, Amar Singh said.

Jaswant asked Singh, who is undergoing medical treatment in Singapore after a kidney transplant, to focus on his health and get back hale and hearty, saying the two can then possibly talk it out, the SP leader said.

Asked whether he had invited Jaswant to join the SP, Singh said he told him I am saddened by the development in your party and I dont see any reason for the book (on Jinnah by Jaswant) being the cause for you being removed from your party.

I will be too happy and too delighted to have someone as senior as Jaswant Singhji in stature. And also, his views on partition are identical to that our idealogue Ram Manohar Lohia, he said. The SP leader said Jinnah was praised by Advani also but he was subsequently projected as the Prime Ministerial candidate.

Jaswant, who was shown the door by the BJP over the Jinnah issue last week, also wants to remain in active politics, he said.