“Let him approach the party first,” reacted Digvijay Singh, All-India Congress Committee general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday when asked about the possible entry of the expelled Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh into the Congress.

But he made it clear that the final decision would be taken by Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Indicating that Mr. Amar Singh might not join the Congress so easily, Mr. Digvijay Singh said the Congress followed a procedure for admitting in its fold former MLAs, MPs and MLCs of other parties. The person had to submit an application, which would be processed by the Pradesh Congress Committee. Then, the views of the Congress functionaries of the district to which the leader belonged would be sought, before the recommendation was sent to the AICC. Thereupon, a note by the general secretary in charge would be sent to the president, who would take the final decision.

Mr. Digvijay Singh said that only the party president could waive these conditions in “exceptional cases.”

He said Mr. Amar Singh used to praise Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh; now he was applauding Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati. And he had been praising Congress president and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for long.