Amar Singh says he `misses` Jaya Bachchan
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 20:26
  
New Delhi: Expelled Samajwadi Party MP Amar Singh on Sunday said he was "not angry" with Jaya Bachchan for staying with SP but indicated that he would prefer her to join him as she too was "unhappy" with the party affairs.

"Jaya ji says she misses me in SP. I want to say that I also miss her today on this dais," Singh said while addressing a 'Kshatriya Mahakumbh' rally here.

Jaya Bachchan, he claimed, "has been unhappy within the affairs in SP and had also asked me to remain patient and keep up with what was happening, instead of raising my voice.

"But being a kshatriya I could not keep quiet. There is a limit for tolerating," he said.

Amar Singh said that he was not angry with the Bachchan family over Jaya choosing to remain with Samajwadi Party after his expulsion.

"There is no anger for Bachchan family. Politics is always separate from family relations. If Jaya ji wants to remain within SP then I would like to wish her all the best," Singh told reporters after the rally.

Though Singh had earlier said he would float a new party by March end, he made no such announcement today and instead vowed to fight for a separate Poorvanchal state and reservation for kshatriya community through his social outfit Lok Manch.

"People expected me to make some announcement about a new political outfit. We are here to discuss kshatriya dharma. I am here to give the message of unity and equity. Kshatriyas have always been a divided house but they should now unite and take OBCs and backward communities also along with them."

He said he will launch an agitation for quota for Kshatriyas on basis of their economic status.

Ruling out his return to Samajwadi Party, Singh said that he had been loyal to Mulayam Singh Yadav and had he not been expelled from the party, he would have "even served" his son Akhilesh Yadav.

"I was the dustbin of the party and took the credit for all the wrong decisions of the party leadership," Singh said.

Blaming Mulayam's cousin Ram Gopal Yadav for bringing Kalyan Singh close to the party, he said, "Had Mulayam Singh Yadav asked me, I would have taken the blame willingly on me just like I took others' mistakes on my head."

"Mulayam Singh Yadav divorced me as I did not leave him. I was his 'sewak' (servant) who fought with everybody for him but he expelled me. I announce here that I will never go to him again as doing so would be equal to trampling my self esteem and I will not be able to show my face to Muslims and Kshatriyas."

Referring to Mulayam's comment that men will whistle at women who became MPs, Singh wanted to know if the SP chief was in favour of giving reservation to Dalit and Muslim women and as to why did he give tickets to women from respectable families in the past.

Addressing the rally at Ramlila ground, Rampur MP Jaya Prada said that she was feeling "free" and "relieved" after being expelled from SP as otherwise she would have to support the party's stand against the Women's Reservation Bill.

She added that Mulayam's comments on women MPs were "shameful".

Bhojpuri singer and actor and former SP general secretary Manoj Tiwari was also present on the occasion along with four expelled SP MLAs namely Madan Chauhan, Sandeep Agarwal, Ashok Chandel and Sarvesh Singh.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, March 28, 2010, 20:26


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