For the first time, Amar Singh targets Mulayam

Written by Political Bureau | New Delhi | Updated: Jan 30 2010, 03:50am hrs
In his first direct attack on Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, SP leader Amar Singh on Thursday said that his resignation from top party positions was because he felt suffocated in a party that shares a natural bonhomie with criminal-politicians and opposes modernity.

Nobody (in the SP leadership) is interested in my ailment, everybody was interested in using me. For Mulayam Singh Yadav and his party, which opposes the use of English and computers at best they would have arranged a condolence meeting for me the way they are doing for Janeshwar Mishra today, Amar Singh said during an Idea Exchange organised by The Indian Express on Thursday.

Refuting charges of introducing a celebrity-corporate culture in a socialist party, he countered, Where the real cake is comprised of (criminal-politicians) Mukhtar Ansaris, Ateeq Ahmeds and DP Yadavs, the celebrities (Jaya Prada and Jaya Bachchan) were only the icing on the cake. And, It is better to be identified with Anil Ambani than with the Mukhtar Ansaris and Ateeq Ahmads.

Singh suggested that there was hypocrisy in the SPs anti-computer and anti-English positions. Had he (Mulayam Singh Yadav) been really opposed to them, how could he have sent (son) Akhilesh to Australia for his education

He said that the SP chief himself had patronised the attacks by SP leaders on him. The party leadership instructed Ram Gopal to attack me, no holds barred. And subsequently, the only sane person in the party, who understands computers, Akhilesh, read my blogs and found nothing objectionable. But he also said that the damage has been done, Amar Singh said.

Even Azam Khan and Beni Prasad Verma (estranged SP founder members) say that no family member speaks about anybody (without the SP chiefs consent), he said.

When the spokesperson asks me to stop being shameless (by holding on to the Rajya Sabha membership) at Janeshwar Mishras condolence meeting today, it means it is Mulayam Singh Yadav who is saying it, said Singh.

For the first time in the ongoing drama, Singh hinted that the mismanagement of party funds could be at the heart of the inner party hostilities in the SP. Raghu Thakur (veteran socialist) told me that the partys newly appointed vice-president (Brijabhushan Tiwari) had told him that Mulayam Singh Yadav went to Singapore because he was not sure whether Amar Singh would survive (the kidney transplant operation) for settling the account with him, he said.