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'Pained' by abuses from Akhilesh's supporters, Amar Singh meets Mulayam

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh on Monday met party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in the national capital. Amar Singh said he is pained by the unacceptable activities and abuses that he is being subjected to by Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's supporters.

Visibly upset Singh had said the matter has crossed all limits of tolerance and it was time for him to speak to party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, who has stood by him even against the wishes of his son.

"A senior leader, while speaking against demonetisation in the Rajya Sabha, said action should be taken against me. At the time when the senior leader was speaking in the Rajya Sabha, an FIR was being registered against me in Azamgarh at the behest of a senior minister, an SSP told me. Had I not registered a counter complaint in advance, and had I not informed the IB, and had I not informed a New Delhi DCP, then the Uttar Pradesh government would have possibly arrested me on those charges," Singh said.

"My effigies are being burnt in Azamgarh and Lucknow; a minister of the state government is doing so to please the chief minister, and the chief minister who is the son of a person whom I regard as a brother. In such a situation what would you feel? I am pained by such things. I have not threatened anybody, and I will speak to Mulayam Singhji," Singh added.

The Rajya Sabha MP is believed to be a close confidante and long-time friend of the SP's national president.

"Mulayam Singhji against his son`s wishes stood with me publicly, which is a debt on me. Hence, I don`t want to hurt him, but now the matter has crossed all limits of tolerance," he said.

Recalling that he had said in an interview to a news channel that the political face of Uttar Pradesh will change by October-November, close to the state polls, he said, "My statement, which I had given as a political analyst, was interpreted as if I want to displace Akhilesh to reinstate Mulayam Singhji."

"I had said that after observing Modiji`s working style. He gives a long leverage to his political opponents, and when there is an election, he comes to the field displaying his special skills," Singh said.