SP looking to rope in `big`, `experienced` Jaswant

Last Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 00:04

New Delhi: With Jaswant Singh being
expelled from BJP unceremoniously, Samajwadi Party is reaching
out to him with an objective of roping in the "big" and
"experienced" leader to utilise his services.

"Mulayam Singh ji spoke to him and I also spoke to
him," SP general secretary Amar Singh said tonight from
Singapore, where he is recovering after a kidney transplant

The SP leader said Jaswant Singh`s views on
Independence and Partition were quite similar to those of
veteran socialist leader Ram Manohar Lohia.

Clarifying that no formal invitation had been extended
to Jaswant Singh by his party, Amar Singh said, "he told me
that he would speak to me on the issue once I fully recover
from my kidney transplant operation and return to India."
He added that if Jaswant decides to join SP, "we would
be obliged".

The SP general secretary said "there is no point
discussing Jaswant Singh`s utility if he decides to join SP.
He is too big a man. He has been in BJP for 30 years, he has
vast experience as former Union Minister and leader of
Opposition in Rajya Sabha. Who can be the biggest insider than

The SP leader said he shared cordial and personal
relations with Jaswant Singh, "and it was due to my close
relations with him that he (Jaswant) had visited me last year
(when SP was contemplating offering support to UPA government)
to discuss possibilities of forming a government with Mulayam
ji as PM".

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 - 00:04

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