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

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 him".

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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