Amar Singh refuses to comment on Mulayam`s statement on Kalyan
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 21:34
New Delhi: SP leader Amar Singh on Saturday refused to comment on party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement that Kalyan Singh was never in the party and would never be taken into its fold.

"I will not comment on Mulayam Singh Yadav's statement (on Kalyan Singh). I am not authorised to comment on this matter. Mulayam Singh has made his views clear on the matter. I did not bring Kalyan Singh to SP. If some people say so, then it is mere conjecturing on their part. I cannot take decisions on his behalf. Kalyan Singh is a big and mature leader capable of taking his own decisions. He is an Independent MP and is not connected to SP," Singh told reporters here.

The SP general secretary added that though on a personal level he has good relations with many leaders of parties with which SP has ideological differences, "these are my personal relations and have nothing to do with politics".

Earlier in the day, Yadav while replying to a question on Kalyan Singh in Lucknow had said, "I have said this in the past and would repeat it again that Kalyan Singh was never in the SP, nor he will be taken in the party fold in the future."

When asked about his friendship with the former BJP leader, Yadav had said that Congress was also SP's friend, whose government the party had saved in the past.

"We have no foes in politics, we only have ideological differences," he said.

On Kalyan sharing the dais with him during the SP's Agra convention, the party supremo had said that he cannot stop anyone if he comes willingly.

"I admit that invitation was sent to Kalyan, but it was probably due to a mistake," he said.

'UP by-polls outcome exposed claims of Cong revival'

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today said that the Congress victory in just one of the 11 assembly seats in Uttar Pradesh by-polls has proved hollow claims of that party's revival in the state.

"Indira Gandhi had lost to Raj Narain and even Atal Bihari Vajpayee had lost to a young Madhavrao Scindia in the past, but they bounced back in mainstream politics despite all this. Victory and loss in politics is meaningless (referring to SP losing Firozabad Lok Sabha seat to Congress). After assembly by-polls in Uttar Pradesh, it has become clear that Congress is not experiencing any revival there," Singh told reporters here.

He added that though the BSP swept the by-polls, winning nine of the 11 assembly seats, SP had finished second in most of them. It, however, failed to win any seat as the Congress and an Independent won the remaining two seats.

"Congress has two MPs from Jhansi and Kushinagar, who are ministers at the Centre. But their nominees could not win in Jhansi and Padrauna assembly by-polls and finished way behind our nominees. After this Congress cannot claim that it will become the main opposition party in UP. Where is the revival of Congress now?" Singh asked.

After getting 21 seats in UP in the Lok Sabha polls in May this year, Congress has been claiming a revival in the state.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, November 14, 2009, 21:34

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