Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party on Saturday ‘disowned’ its leader Shahid Siddiqui, in the wake of the latter taking an interview of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for an Urdu weekly.
SP leader Ramgopal Yadav denied the party was sacking him.
“When he is not a member of the Samajwadi Party, how can we sack him,” Yadav said in response to a reporter’s question.
He added that Siddiqui may be wanting to join Modi that’s why he took his interview.
It may be noted that Siddiqui, the editor of Urdu weekly Nai Duniya, was one of the most visible faces of the Samajwadi Party.
Yadav appealed to the media to “not to portray Shahid Siddiqui as part of the Samajwadi party".
"Shahid Siddiqui had fought the Lok Sabha elections from Bijnore for the BSP; he is not part of the SP," he added.
SP was miffed that through the interview, Siddiqui gave Modi – a political rival - platform to appease voters.
The interview had drawn sharp reactions in which Modi said he should be hanged if he was found guilty of orchestrating the 2002 riots in Gujarat.