For the sake of democracy, we think that the BJP should not disintegrate. Its weakening will not be good for democracy as it is the main Opposition party. Moreover, the Congress will become pompous if this happens, and it will hijack all significant posts, SP general secretary Amar Singh said on Thursday from Singapore, where he is recovering after a kidney transplant operation.
Singh, at the same time, said being the third largest party in the country after the Congress and the BJP, the SP would be willing to fill the vacuum created by the BJP.
He, however, refused to comment on whether the SP will welcome into its fold other BJP leaders like Arun Shourie or Yashwant Sinha (both of whom are unhappy with the BJP leadership), though he said feelers have been sent to Jaswant Singh to join the SP.
Yashwant Sinha was with us earlier (during the Samajwadi Janata Party days in early 1990s). We all worked together, but it will not be right to comment on leaders of other parties, Singh said, adding politics is not played on possibilities.
The SP leader said he respects Shourie, but his (Shouries) main concern is that the RSS should take the reins of the BJP in its hands and not allow the party to drift away. Singh described him as a river which cannot be tamed.