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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2829

Clash of egos amongst bigwigs tears the Samajwadi Party apart of Mulayam Singh

By M Rama Rao, India Editor, Asian Tribune

New Delhi, 08 April ( Samajwadi party of Mulayam Singh Yadav may be keen to emerge on the centre stage as a king-maker if not as a serious contender for the Prime Minister’s post in conjunction with two-Bihar based parties – RJD and LJP, who, like SP, are eyeing the secular vote and the Muslim vote. But the party is not in pink of health with the virtual number two Amar Singh drawing swords against Azam Khan, a highly respected Muslim face of the party.

A day after he established a bridge head with Andhra Pradesh centric new regional party, Prajarajyam of cinema actor Chiranjeevi, Amar Singh has threatened to quit the party. He has been at logger heads with Azam Khan for a long while. And his anger at Khan found full expression on Wednesday at a seminar on Indian Muslims and Lok Sabha elections organised by the Students Islamic Federation of India in Lucknow.

Amar Singh who had graduated into Samajwadi party after a stint in the Congress, is the architect of new Samajwadi Party. He has been running the party with an iron hand while professing his loyalty to Mulayam Singh.

Azam Khan, Jnaneswar Misra and other old timers, on the other hand, see Amar Singh as an usurper though they acknowledge his contribution to the overall national stature of the party. Azam Khan and Amar Singh have been clashing on Singh para-dropping Telugu and Hindi Cinema actor, Jayaprada in Rampur the constituency of Azam Khan.

In the course of Lucknow speech, Amar Singh launched a broadside against Khan saying, 'Azam Khan continues to humiliate me and I have continued to overlook all that simply because I have tremendous respect for Mulayam Singh Yadav, who does not want anyone to speak out against Azam Khan'.

He went on to add: ‘Azam Khan is very close to Mulayam Singhji; even closer than me, so I dare not utter anything against Azam under any circumstances’

And dropped the bombshell 'If people think that the party can survive without me but not without Azam Khan, I would not hesitate to say good-bye to Mulayam Singh and make my exit'.

Amar Singh has been credited with alienating a number of top Samajwadi leaders. The list reads like who-is –who of the party. Beni Prasad Verma, Raj Babbar, Saleem Sherwani, Shafiqur Rehman Burke and Shahid Siddiqui. They have joined either the Congress or the Bahujan Samaj Party.

Vertical split in the SP should please the Congress, which is seeking to garner the secular (read mostly Muslim) vote in Uttar Pradesh, which is now mostly with the Samajwadi Party.

-Asian Tribune -

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