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Jaya Bachchan feels Amar Singh`s absence

Last Updated: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 20:58

New Delhi: Jaya Bachchan "feels" the
absence of Amar Singh in Samajwadi party but would think about
whether to join him in any of his future political venture
only after her Rajya Sabha term is over, which is just two
months away.

But she said an emphatic no when asked whether she
would like to join electoral politics, saying I would not be
"able to handle it".
"I don`t think the party has changed," she said when
asked about her equations within the party post-Amar Singh,
but said, "Personally Amar Singh not being in the party is

Admitting that there might be differences between her
and the Samajwadi Party ideology, Bachchan said during an
interaction with reporters here that, "SP is a grassroot
party. We live in Mumbai, which is the financial capital of
India and the glamour world. So there are differences".

She said, "It was not difficult for me (to adapt
within the party), because I have also seen this kind of

On her current relationship with Singh, she said,
"I am still on very good terms with him and just saw him off
before he left for a rally".
When asked whether she would join Amar Singh`s future
political venture, she quipped, "not yet. There is very less
time for my term (Rajya Sabha tenure) to be over".

Bachchan said she had joined the Samajwadi Party
because nobody else had asked her. "Amar Singhji asked me,
which I was very glad to accept".

Asked about her plans once her term was over, she
said, "I have not planned anything yet. I don`t plan".

On Mulayam Singh`s comments on women MPs in the
context of the women`s reservation Bill, Bachchan said, "he
(Mulayam) wanted a debate. So you (reporters) are already
discussing it".

She disagreed with trooping into the well of the House
in Parliament to raise matters. "I have never trooped into the
well of the House.

Later during the interaction, she said, all women MPs
were united as far as the women`s Bill was concerned.

"Sometimes frustration leads men to go into the well
of the House. But I don`t see many women doing it. It is again
using physical strength," she said.

The Rajya Sabha MP further said, nominations to the
Upper House which were reserved for eminent people in the
field of culture and literature and art were being given to
politicians now.


First Published: Friday, March 26, 2010 - 20:58

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