Amitabh, Jaya won’t join my party: Amar Singh

Expelled SP leader Amar Singh Monday said close friend Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya will not join his party, which will take shape by 2012 UP Assembly elections.

Last Updated: May 10, 2010, 20:08 PM IST

Lucknow: Expelled SP leader Amar Singh
Monday said close friend Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya
will not join his party, which will take shape by 2012 UP
Assembly elections.

"Sooner or later this forum (Lok Manch) would turn
political and I have no interest in inviting Amitabh into
politics," Singh told reporters here.

He was asked whether Amitabh Bachchan would join Lok
Manch. Singh said that Amitabh was not involved in politics.

On SP MP Jaya Bachchan, Singh said that she had
already spelt about her political affiliation and he
honoured her decision.

Gearing up for the Assembly polls, he said Lok Manch,
an apolitical organisation floated by him in January, would
"sooner or later merge in the main political stream”.

"We would not stay away from politics," said Singh,
54, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party in February days
after he floated Lok Manch following differences with party
leadership.

There were apparent strains in ties between Amar Singh
and the Bachchan family after Jaya, who has been close to
Singh, did not quit SP following his expulsion.

Earlier, while addressing a workers convention, Singh
attacked SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"He did not say anything against me and had asked
party workers to keep mum not due to love for me, but because
of their personal interest," he said.

Singh claimed that while SP leaders had accused him of
making fake CDs, he had a CD which was the "lone proof" of
Mulayam’s innocence in disproportionate assets case.

"If that CD is fake then the SP leader would land in
the jail," he said.

While announcing names for Uttar Pradesh unit of the
Lok Manch, Singh said that a national committee headed by a
former SP leader Obedullah Azmi was being constituted which
would finalise the political shape of the organisation.

"The committee, which would include Jaya Prada, Sanjay
Dutt, Manoj Tiwari and other leaders including me, would
prepare a political roadmap of the organisation for future,"
he told reporters.

He said that the organisation would be given a shape
on the lines on V P Singh led Jan Morcha, an apolitical
organisation, which finally ventured into politics.

"While Jan Morcha took one year to turn political, we
are only three months old and still have nine months left," he
said.

Singh said that the forum would make efforts to bring
most backwards and Muslims in the political mainstream.

He said that by 2012 state Assembly elections the Manch
would have its own flag and agenda.

PTI