‘Minority community will not forgive SP supremo'

The expelled Samajwadi Party general secretary, Amar Singh, has dubbed a “tactic” Mulayam Singh's recent apology to Muslims for taking the support of the former BJP leader, Kalyan Singh, in the last Lok Sabha elections. He said the minority community would not forgive the SP supremo so easily.

Mr. Amar Singh asked on his blog on Saturday:

“Will my MLA colleagues, who got me expelled on the charge that I brought Mr. Kalyan Singh into the party fold, be able to seek Mr. Mulayam Singh's ouster from the party especially now when he himself has apologised to the minority community and absolved me of all charges?”

He said: “I can understand that our Muslim brothers who had once nicknamed Mr. Mulayam Singh ‘Maulana Mulayam' find it difficult to forgive him for the political cocktail he created by joining hands with the person [Mr. Kalyan Singh], under whose government the Babri Masjid was brought down.”

Mr. Amar Singh claimed that despite Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati becoming Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh thrice with the help of the BJP and campaigning with the Gujarat Chief Minister, Muslims have supported the BSP. “But they are not willing to forgive Mr. Mulayam Singh.”

If Mr. Mulayam Singh was serious about the apology then it could be termed a case of “better late than never,” Mr. Amar Singh said.