Amar Singh appointed Samajwadi Party’s national general secretary


Amar Singh, who survived the recent "outsider" storm in ruling Samajwadi Party, was on Tuesday appointed the general secretary of the Samajwadi party by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. “You have been appointed general secretary of Samajwadi Party. I hope in the coming days you will strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,” Mulayam said in a handwritten letter to Amar.

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The brief letter in Hindi signed by Mulayam on his Lok Sabha letter head was sent to media from state SP chief Shivpal Yadav’s official e-mail id. Though SP big wigs were strongly opposed to Amar Singh, often described as an “outsider”, Mulayam threw his weight behind him, first by making him a Rajya Sabha member some time back and now allotting him an important party post.

Holding Singh responsible for the feud within the SP, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had recently said that “outsiders” have been interfering in party affairs. Singh, however, denied that Akhilesh’s barb was directed at him, saying that the chief minister was like a son to him and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav his brother.

Singh was brought back into the party fold and was elevated to the Rajaya Sabha after spending six years in political wilderness. He had a falling out Mulayam Singh and was expelled from the party. Singh formed his own party and fielded candidates in all constituencies in the 2012 state assembly elections.

Singh was believed to be the centre of the rift within the Yadav clan as CM Akhilesh Yadav sacked state chief secretary Deepak Singhal, who is believed to be close to Shivpal Yadav. The decision was immediately followed by Shivpal replacing Akhilesh as the state party chief. Akhilesh retaliated by stripping Shivpal of three key ministerial berths. As cracks began showing in the Yadav clan, Mulayam Singh brokered a peace deal between his brother and son. Shivpal was reinstated by Akhilesh and the two have been tasked with seeing the party through the upcoming state assembly elections.

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