Some SP leaders want me back, says Amar

Expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today said some of his old party colleagues want him back, a claim which was instantly dismissed by the party.

Updated: Jun 23, 2010, 16:00 PM IST

New Delhi: Expelled Samajwadi Party
leader Amar Singh today said some of his old party colleagues
want him back, a claim which was instantly dismissed by the
party.

"Lot of my old colleagues are making statements about
my rejoining SP. However I don`t want to join a confused
party, which at one time described Jaya Bachchan as a
showpiece and later did not hesitate in renominating her for
Rajya Sabha," Singh said.

The Samajwadi Party, however, dismissed his claim,
saying that there was no truth in it. "What can I say, when
there is no substance in it," party spokesperson and general
secretary Mohan Singh said, when his reaction was sought.

Amar said that the very fact that SP first ridiculed
Jaya Bachchan and then named her as its candidate for Rajya
Sabha, was a moral victory and a vindication for him.

Last month SP had nominated Jaya Bachchan for a
Rajya Sabha seat from Uttar Pradesh. However she had later
refused to contest the Rajya Sabha polls citing personal
reasons. She and her husband Amitabh Bachchan are close to
Amar Singh.

"The reasons given for my expulsion (from SP) were
that I promoted five star culture in SP and that I brought
film stars in the party. However it had invited Raj Babbar
into its fold long before I joined the party.

"The same party recently held its national executive
in a five star hotel in Kolkata and had nominated film actress
Jaya Bachchan for Rajya Sabha, whom it had earlier ridiculed.
I am happy with my moral victory. I don`t want anything else,"
he said.

Amar Singh was expelled from SP in February this
year, nearly a month after he resigned as party spokesperson
and general secretary amid growing strains between him and
party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.

PTI