Apparently warming up to Mayawati, rebel SP leader Amar Singh on Saturday said the BSP supremo has proved herself against all odds and he can understand her “pain” when she was “humiliated” by Mulayam Singh.
Stating that he was not without alternatives, Mr. Singh, who has been sparring with his SP detractors ever since he quit key party posts, also heaped praise on Congress President Sonia Gandhi.
Both Ms. Mayawati and Ms. Gandhi have “proved themselves against all odds”, Mr. Singh, who is under pressure to quit his Rajya Sabha seat, said.
“Both of them are political personalities in their own right. One lady has proved herself in the state of UP against all odds and the other has proved herself in the country against all odds,” Mr. Singh told CNN-IBN in an interview.
On Ms. Mayawati, he said, “Now I can sense her pain of the guest house episode,” while recalling the incident in which Samajwadi Party workers had surrounded the Uttar Pradesh State Guest House in Lucknow in 1995 and roughed her up after BSP had withdrawn support to the Mulayam Singh government.
Reacting to the developments, SP spokesman and general secretary Mohan Singh said Mr. Amar Singh has run out of options.