Samajwadi Party on Wednesday appointed Mohan Singh as its general secretary and spokesman in place of Amar Singh and he lost no time to demand resignation of his predecessor from Rajya Sabha on moral grounds.

Mr. Mohan Singh, who was appointed by party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav in place of Amar Singh, told reporters, “Since Amar Singh has resigned as party’s general secretary, member of parliamentary board and as spokesperson, he has already detached himself from the party.

“Rajya Sabha membership is given by the party and, therefore, he should resign from Rajya Sabha also.”

Mr. Mohan Singh’s remarks came shortly after his appointment which coincided with Amar Singh’s 54th birthday on Wednesday.

“Amar Singh is now part of history. In political parties, people keep coming and going. It is an ongoing process.

Parties which understand the common man’s issues continue to prosper. One major question before the SP now is how to make people aware of its socialist face,” the new spokesman said.

He said it will take sometime for the party to regain its socialist image.

Mr. Mohan Singh, however, said Amar Singh alone should not be held responsible for the party’s image of being associated with the “rich and mighty only.”

“People felt that the SP has become a party of corporates. We too are responsible for being mute spectators” on the issue, he said.

Amar Singh had recently quit all party posts over differences with relatives of the SP chief.