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SP expels Amar Singh, Jaya Prada
LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI/MUMBAI, FEB 2 (IANS/PTI):
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Published on 3 Feb. 2010 12:25 AM IST
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The Samajwadi Party (SP) Tuesday expelled its high profile leaders Amar Singh and Jaya Prada for their anti-party activities. “Amar Singh and Jaya Prada, one Rajya Sabha member and the other Lok Sabha member, have been expelled from the Samajwadi Party for their anti-party activities,” newly-appointed SP general secretary Mohan Singh told reporters in Lucknow. The parliamentary board of the party headed by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, he said, decided to expel Amar Singh as “well as his close compatriot Jaya Prada from the primary membership of the party”. The SP also suspended four Uttar Pradesh legislators -- Madan Chauhan, Ashok Chandel, Sarvesh Singh and Pradeep Agarwal -- known for their proximity to Amar Singh. Mohan Singh said the party was now seeking legal opinion on how to throw Amar Singh and Jaya Prada out of parliament. “We are seeking legal opinions. We will be writing a petition to the Rajya Sabha chairman and the Lok Sabha speaker on their expulsion from parliament,” he said, adding that anti-party statements also come under the purview of the anti-defection law. He described Amar Singh’s entry into the party as “a capitalist design to weaken the socialist movement”. Mohan Singh said about Jaya Prada’s statement at a press conference on Jan 31: “Besides spewing venom against the Samajwadi Party in general, she had also made objectionable remarks against the party leadership.” He termed the Rampur MP a “misguided missile” of Amar Singh and said she was being “used” by the high-profile former SP general secretary. The Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) refused to comment on the development. Amar Singh reacts “Et tu Brute”. That’s what Amar Singh said Tuesday after being expelled from the SP by his one-time mentor Mulayam Singh Yadav who he stressed had not just betrayed him but also “Talibanised” the “primitive” party. “All I want to say is et tu Brute. ‘Brutus tum bhi’. But it has come with a relief,” Amar Singh told IANS in an exclusive interview, recalling Julius Caesar’s dying words on Brutus’ betrayal in the Shakespeare play. “I know who had drafted the abuses against me. They called me mad, shameless, scoundrel. The SP leaders were not speaking their own language. I know how it works in the party,” he said. Asked who he was referring to, Amar Singh said: “Of course Mulayam Singh and his family. His son (Akhilesh), his Yadav cousins.” Amar Singh said he was suffocated with the “Talibanisation” of the “primitive” SP and that he had attained political nirvana after being expelled. Amar said he was now aiming higher and planning a computer revolution in India’s villages. This was exactly the issue, he said, that led to his rift with the SP. Amar Singh said he was not warming up to either the Congress, the NCP or the BSP to look for political alternatives.

 
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