Amar Singh praises Mayawati for voting in UPA’s favour

Expelled SP leader Amar Singh has heaped praises on his one time rival UP CM Mayawati for supporting Cong-led UPA during voting on the Cut Motion.

Updated: Apr 29, 2010, 20:21 PM IST

Allahabad: Expelled SP leader Amar Singh
on Thursday heaped praises on his one time rival UP Chief Minister
Mayawati for supporting the Congress-led UPA during voting on
the cut motion in Parliament saying she was a leader who did
things "openly".

"Mayawati is one politician who does not fall in the
category of chaploos (sycophant). She does whatever she feels
is right and then does it openly. Be it the cash garland
episode or supporting the UPA government in the crucial cut
motion, she has always displayed a rare candour," the Rajya
Sabha MP said here.

The former SP general secretary, who used to be known for
his vitriolic attacks on Mayawati during his association with
Mulayam Singh Yadav, was addressing a function organised to
press the demand for a separate Poorvanchal state.

Singh charged the SP supremo with betraying him "who was
his most loyal supporter". He accused Yadav of turning the
party into a family business where all important positions are
being held by his relatives.

"Yadav has said that I belong to the past and that he did
not believe in looking back. Let me declare that now, even if
he chooses to look back, I will not forgive him for the
insults and accusations heaped on me at his behest," he said.

He also rubbished the claim of certain SP leaders that he
had played an important role in forging an alliance with
former BJP hardliner Kalyan Singh prior to the Lok Sabha
elections last year.

"Mulayam believes in using people. He used Kalyan for his
own political gains and dumped him when he had served the
purpose. He did not hesitate in meting out the same treatment
to an old associate like me," Singh said.

The former SP heavyweight, who has been supporting
creation of a separate `Poorvanchal` state comprising
districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh, said he would be
undertaking a state-wide `padyatra` (march) from December 1
next to mobilise public opinion in support of the cause.

PTI