Blaming Samajwadi Party (SP) Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh for the ongoing family feud and the expulsion of party general secretary Ramgopal Yadav, Maharashtra SP president and MLA Abu Azmi on Monday called for Amar Singh’s immediate removal to save the party.
“It is due to one man, Amar Singh, that there is a rift in the party. I would say ‘Amar Singh ko hatao, Samajwadi Party Bachao’ (remove Amar Singh and save Samajwadi Party).” Azmi told ANI.
“The person, Amar Singh, had hurled abuses at us, and had said that he would destroy the Samajwadi Party. I think his dreams are coming true now. If you are saying that you will not expel him (Amar Singh), but your family is asking you to expel him, then, Netaji ‘please no dictatorship’. I am saying this with folded hand that you should be taking into account their advice and expel him from the party, and please scold everybody, the party will work properly and nothing will happen,” said Azmi.
“Ramgopalji is a person who has worked so hard for the party. When Netaji used to call Ramgopal, Ramgopalji would rush without even slippers on his feet. Do you think that we should speak such things (he is associated with the BJP)? Shivpal Bhai (PU unit chief Shivpal Yadav) should have not said that he (Ramgopalji) is associated with the BJP. Shivpal Bhai you know well who is associated with the BJP,” said Azmi, while deploring the allegations levelled on Ramgopal Yadav.
“When Ketan Desai and Shubash Chandraji went with Amar Singh and got a letter from Netaji, then everybody said that Amar Singh was interfering by giving wrong advice to Netaji,” he added.
When asked about his demand, Azmi said, “I demand that Netaji you always say that talk straight from your heart; Samajwadi Party is a family, and thus, speak freely; I have worked with the party for 20 years and we stayed in opposition for 20 years which is not easy Netaji. You gave us strength and we struggled in Mumbai, and I was elected as an MLA, but never went to a party for even spitting. They asked me to become a minister, but I said I will be better off as a peon in the Samajwadi party. If you understand us, I would like to appeal to you that save our family from disintegration.”