Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has surprised many by supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s demonetisation decision. His party leaders, including SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, has opposed the move both inside the Parliament and outside.
However, Amar Singh, who was recently sent to the Rajya Sabha by SP, has expressed his strong support for the decision. He has even threatened to leave the party if he would be asked to follow the party whip against demonetisation. “If there is a party whip (against demonetisation) then I will either leave my Rajya Sabha membership if I don’t have to vote or support the whip if RS seat would be more dear to me,” Singh told ANI.
Singh said he was unhappy with the statements of some senior SP leaders against PM Modi’s decision. He has even met Mulayam in this regard.
Talking about comments against him after he supported demonetisation, Amar said, “My heart is full of pain. I will talk to Mulayam Singh ji. Mulayam ji was the one who stood by me against his son publicly.”
Singh said he doesn’t want to hurt SP leaders but there is a limit to tolerance. Now it has gone beyond that. Singh said he will meet Mulayam today in this regard. but “will not do anything that hurts him (on if he will resign). I’ll abide by his decision.”
Talking about why he has taken a stand different from the party, Amar said, “This is my individual opinion. I’m independent..not a ‘gulaam’.I protest statement that demonetisation was done keeping in view UP polls.”
When asked why he supported the SP in parliament earlier, Amar said, “Party ne kaha gola banao sarkar ke virodh mei,mai gole mein khada ho gya.Naresh Agarwal ne aadesh diya panktibadh hoke khade hone ka (Party asked me to form a circle against the government then I stood in the circle. Naresh Agrawal had ordered us to get in queue).”
Amar was allegedly one of the main reasons behind the recent power struggle among members of Mulayam’s family, including son and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav and brother Shivpal Yadav. Akhilesh had openly demanded the removal of Amar from the party. However, the latter was supported by Mulayam and Shivpal.
Now it seems that the family feud is over till the election. One wonders if all is well for Amar within SP.