'Outsider' over son? Mulayam Singh makes Amar Singh SP Gen Secretary

Mulayam Singh Yadav has proved sometimes friendships can be thicker than blood.

Amar Singh, who survived the recent “outsider” storm in ruling Samajwadi Party, was today appointed SP General Secetary by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

Mulayam said in a handwritten letter to Amar:

Mulayam Singh Yadav letter to Amar Singh

Mulayam Singh Yadav letter to Amar Singh

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.

The Mulayam Singh-Amar Singh-Akhilesh Yadav love -hate relationship


  • Amar along with his close associate Jaya Prada were expelled from the Samajwadi Party in February, 2010.
  • Amar Singh  floated his own political party, Rashtriya Lok Manch, in 2011.
  • He fielded a large number of candidates in 2012 assembly polls but none won.
  • He had joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal and contested the 2014 Lok Sabha poll from Fatehpur Sikri but lost.
  • More than six years after it expelled Amar, the Samajwadi Party made him its Rajya Sabha candidate a few months back.
  • Amar had recently hosted a party for independent Rajya Sabha MP Subhash Chandra and the guests included Mulayam and his brother Shivpal Yadav, much to the annoyance of Akhilesh.
  • Akhilesh  shunted out Chief Secretary Deepak Singhal, who too attended the dinner.
  • He also divested Shivpal of his plum portfolios.
  • Taking strong exception to the move, Mulayam within hours replaced Akhilesh as the party’s UP chief, with rivals in the SP accusing Amar of having influenced Mulayam.
  • Amar Singh’s discomfiture grew with Akhilesh becoming more assertive and it was reflected in his statement last month that those close to Mulayam were being “insulted” in the party.
  • He complained that he was being made to sit in the back benches in Rajya Sabha
  • He alleged he was being insulted, kept on “mute” and sidelined.
  • But, backing Amar to the hilt, Mulayam said he stood byhim in his hard times.
  • Mulayam made the statement to defend Amar on the charge that he had triggered the family feud in Yadav clan.

With inputs from PTI