Kalyan dons SP`s red cap, attends party`s special conference
Last Updated: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 18:22
Agra: Former BJP leader Kalyan Singh on Wednesday attended the inaugural session of Samajwadi Party's special national conference donning the party's trademark red cap giving rise to speculations that he may formally join Mulayam Singh Yadav's outfit.

"Kalyan Singh ji would address the conference tomorrow," SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said addressing the gathering.

The presence of Kalyan Singh is being seen as an effort by Yadav to dismiss suggestions that Muslims were feeling alienated from the party, especially after the expulsion of firebrand leader Mohammed Azam Khan and Yadav's closeness with the former BJP leader.

"Yes, none of our Muslim candidates won in Lok Sabha elections. But you will see in the (UP) assembly elections due in the next two-and-half years what Kalyan Singh has achieved," Yadav had said yesterday.

Kalyan Singh had won as an Independent from Etah with SP's support in the Lok Sabha elections.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009, 18:22

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