Amar Singh quits as Samajwadi Party Gen Secretary
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh on Wednesday resigned as General Secretary of the party on health grounds and said he wanted to devote more time to his family. He also said he had no differences with SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and would never speak "a word" against him. "I have resigned on health grounds. I have to devote more time towards my responsibilities to my family. There are no difference with (party chief) Mulayam Singh," Amar Singh, who is in Dubai, told a news channel. "I am grateful to Mulayam Singh for the opportunities given and all my life I will not speak a word against him," he added. Amar Singh, who had last year undergone a kidney transplant in Singapore, is likely to return from Dubai on Friday.
Amar Singh is an Indian politician from the state of Uttar Pradesh and one of the founding leaders of Samajwadi Party. He is the general secretary of the Samajwadi Party and a member of the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament. He is a close friend of Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan and billionaire industrialist Anil Ambani. Prominence of Amar Singh in Delhi surged when the UPA government was reduced to a minority after the Communist Party of India withdrew their support over the proposed Nuclear Accord with the United States. His Samajwadi Party, founded by Mulayam Singh Yadav, came with support of his 39 members
On 22 July 2008 he accused Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati of kidnapping six MPs of his party from Uttar Pradesh and holding them captive in Uttar Pradesh Bhavan, New Delhi. Later, Samajwadi Party expelled the six MPs for defying the party directive during the confidence motion voting.
He also courted controversy by asking for a probe in the Jamia Nagar encounter case. First he gave 10 Lakh rupees to the family of Mohan Chand Sharma, a police officer who died in the encounter. Later he asked for a judicial enquiry into the firing incidence suggesting that the encounter may have been fake. Mohan Chand Sharma's family criticized him and returned his money.