LUCKNOW: Two days after being dubbed as an “outsider”, Samajwadi Party’s (SP) Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh was appointed as the party general secretary by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday. Coming a day after seven “Akhileshwadi” youth wing leaders and MLC’s were sacked from the party, Amar Singh’s elevation is being seen as the victory of “Mulayamwadi” within the SP.
While Amar Singh had recently claimed that he was a Mulayamwadi, the youth wing leaders in SP who faced the axe on Monday identified themselves as Akhileshwadi.
The announcement came in the form of a hand written letter from Mulayam Singh Yadav himself announcing Amar Singh’s appointment. This was in sharp contrast to earlier announcements made by the SP which were made by party’s national spokesperson and one of the six general secretaries Ram Gopal Yadav.
Last week UP chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had stirred a major controversy when he described Amar Singh as an outsider who was interfering in family’s internal affairs. A day later Ram Gopal Yadav blasted Amar Singh questioning his claims of being Mulayamwadi. “Such people are only interested in personal gains and care a dam about the party,” Ram Gopal had said.
However party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his younger brother Shivpal Yadav had come out openly in defence of Amar Singh. While Mulayam Singh, addressing party workers described Amar Singh as an savior claiming that he was the only one who stood by the SP chief when he was facing a CBI probe in disproportionate assets case, Shivpal had justified Amar Singh’s closeness to the party leadership as an asset or sorts.
Amar Singh was brought back into the party fold earlier this year and was sent to Rajaya Sabha after spending six years in political wilderness. Earlier Amar Singh was the national general secretary of the party till he was expelled from the SP in February 2010.