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Amar Singh Says Amitabh, Jaya Will Not Join His Party

Expelled SP leader Amar Singh on Monday said close friend Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya will not join his party which will take shape by 2012 UP Assembly elections. "Sooner or later this forum
PTI May 10, 2010 20:39 IST

Expelled SP leader Amar Singh on Monday said close friend Amitabh Bachchan and his wife Jaya will not join his party which will take shape by 2012 UP Assembly elections.

"Sooner or later this forum (Lok Manch) would turn political and I have no interest in inviting Amitabh into politics," Singh told reporters here.  He was asked whether Amitabh Bachchan would join Lok Manch. Singh said that Amitabh was not involved in politics.

On SP MP Jaya Bachchan, Singh said that she had already spelt her political affiliation and he honoured her decision.  Gearing up for the Assembly polls, he said Lok Manch, an apolitical organisation floated by him in January, would "sooner or later merge in the main political stream.

"We would not stay away from  politics," said Singh, 54, who was expelled from Samajwadi Party in February days after he floated Lok Manch following differences with party leadership.

There were apparent strains in ties between Amar Singh and the Bachchan family after Jaya, who has been close to Singh, did not quit SP following his expulsion.  Earlier addressing a workers convention, Singh attacked SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav.

"He did not say anything against me and had asked party workers to keep mum not due to any love for me, but because of their personal interest," he said.

Singh claimed that while SP leaders had accused him of making fake CDs, he had a CD which was the "lone proof" of Mulayam innocence in disproportionate assets case.

"If that CD is fake then the SP leader would land in the jail," he said.  While announcing names for Uttar Pradesh unit of the Lok Manch, Singh said that a national committee headed by a former SP leader Obedullah Azmi was being constituted which would finalise the political shape of the organisation.

"The committee, which would include Jaya Prada, Sanjay Dutt, Manoj Tiwari and other leaders including me, would prepare a political roadmap of the organisation for future," he told reporters. He said that the organisation would be given a shape on the lines on V P Singh led Jan Morcha, an apolitical organisation, which finally ventured into politics.

"While Jan Morcha took one year to turn political, we are only three months old and still have nine months left," he said.

Singh said that the forum would make efforts to bring most backwards and Muslims in the political mainstream.  He said that by 2012 state assembly eletion the Manch would have its own flag and agenda.

Advocating formation of smaller states, the expelled SP leader announced that a "padyatra" (march) would be organised from December one demanding formation of a separate Poorvanchal state.

"I am for the cause of Poorvanchal, Harit Pradesh and Bundelkhand, where daughters are being sold for food. After padyatra, I would talk to leaders like Raja Bundela, who have been working for the cause of separate states," he said.

He said that all the leaders of the Lok Manch would participate in the march. "Though I was asked not to participate in the march due to illness, but I will still be there," he said.  Amar said that he had no ambition of becoming "a CM, PM, minister, MP or MLA.  "Lok Manch is a platform of a campaign in favour of computer and English education," he said.

"It is unfortunate that leaders, whose children study in England and Australia, are opposing English and computer education. I want that a big movement should be started on this issue," he said.  Singh alleged that the SP exploited him and he was accused of brining actors and capitalists in the party.

"But this is not true. When Raj Babbar joined SP, I was not even in the party. Who made Sabnjay Dalmiya, son of VHP leader Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, the MP and party treasurar," he said. Singh said that his nostalgia for SP, with which he had been associated for 14 years, would end from today. PTI