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It's easier to meet Rahul Gandhi, but not Akhilesh Yadav: Amar Singh plays victim in Samajwadi Party saga

Rajya Sabha member and Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has finally broken his silence in the month-long family feud that has upset the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh.

Singh, speaking with news agency ANI, made a number of sweeping statements exhilarating his love for Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, even though the latter has blamed Singh as the reason for the power-tussle in his family and the party, labelling him as an "outsider" and allegedly a "dalal".

One needs to remember that the family feud in Samajwadi Party, began soon after Amar Singh returned to the Samajwadi Party. This Firstpost analysis, says that the man who guided the mighty Mulayam Singh Yadav to sack his son and Akhilesh from the post of Uttar Pradesh president was none other than the "outsider" Amar Singh. Akhilesh, while referring to Amar Singh, had recently said that "people from outside the household" keep interfering in the Samajwadi Party's affairs.

In a series of tweets, ANI shared Singh's perspective on a number of things that has been said about him and around him, including Akhilesh's hatred for Amar Singh, and his alleged "napunsak" remark against Ram Gopal Yadav.

Expressing hurt over Akhilesh's choice of words, especially the the alelged "dalal" remark, Singh shared how he supported Akhilesh's marriage, even when his family was against it. "There is no photo of his wedding where this 'dalal' is not there," he told ANI.

Singh also said that he won't be attending the 3 November Rath Yatra organised by Akhilesh Yadav, not because he is afraid of Akhilesh's supporters, but because he doesn't want Akhilesh's name to be dragged into another controversy. "I don't want people to allege that my nephew is getting me beaten up," Singh said.

However, Amar Singh didn't shy away from taking potshots at his "bhateeja".

"Meri Rahul Gandhi se mulaqat ho jati hai lekin Akhilesh se nahi ho paati (I am able to get an appointment to meet Rahul Gandhi but I haven't been able to speak to Akhilesh)," Amar Singh was quoted as saying. Singh also clarified that he never referred to Akhilesh as Aurangzeb and Mulayam as Shah Jahan, and stated that he is ready to be sacrificed if that can help solve the ongoing power-tussle in Samajwadi Party.

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Updated Date: Oct 27, 2016 19:31:43 IST

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