New Delhi: A day after Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt followed in the footsteps of Amar Singh and quit as Samajwadi Party general secretary, a worried party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday reached out to Amar Singh saying his resignation will not be accepted.
Mulayam said he will personally speak to the party’s firebrand leader and resolve the issues. Everything will be fine, he added.
The SP chief however did not comment on the Bollywood actor’s resignation.
Dutt quit as SP general secretary Saturday night barely 10 months after joining it, expressing sadness at the way his "mentor" Amar Singh had been treated in the party. He, however, said he would remain in the party for the time being.
Dutt said he was following in the footsteps of Amar Singh, who had made a lot of sacrifices for the party and yet was humiliated by its leadership, prompting him to quit as its general secretary.
"After (my mentor) and elder brother Amar Singh stepped down as general secretary, I have no right to hold this post," Dutt told a press conference at his Bandra residence in Mumbai.
Dutt, however, ruled out resigning from the party as long as Amar Singh stays as a member, adding he would continue to serve the party as an ordinary worker.
"Amar Singh is like an elder brother to me. When he leaves SP, I shall also leave. I will go wherever he goes, do whatever he tells me to do," Dutt said.
Dutt also expressed regret at Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav's remarks that it had not gained anything from enrolling film stars in its ranks and they had not even helped it in getting one seat.
Amar Singh on Wednesday announced his resignation as general secretary of the Samajwadi Party and from his other posts, citing health reasons.
"I hardly had any rest. Doctors told me it is not good. At the age of 53, I am entitled to earned leave and need to give more priority to my family. After 20 years of hard work, they (the family) should get priority over Mulayamji and the party," Amar Singh, who had undergone a kidney transplant last summer and is one of the most visible and quoted politicians of the country, told a news channel.
Mulayam had then made light of Amar Singh's resignation. Amar Singh continued to be in the Samajwadi Party and there was "nothing big" if he quit from party posts, Mulayam had said in Etawah on Thursday.
Amid fast happening developments in the party, speculation is rife that Bollywood actresses-turned politicians Jaya Bacchan, Jaya Prada and Bhojpuri singer-actor Manoj Tiwari may also follow the suite and put in papers soon.
First Published: Sunday, January 10, 2010, 14:20