New Delh: Pushed into political obscurity following his expulsion from the Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh’s desperateness to remain relevant seems to be growing by the day.
With his mass contact programmes with Kshatriyas and backward classes of Uttar Pradesh (UP) not yielding much publicity, the former SP general secretary has chosen to join the Telangana leaders fighting for statehood.
Addressing an agitation organised by the Telangana Lawyers Joint Action Committee at Parliament Street on Monday, Singh said, “The Telangana movement has got muscle and massive support. I want to extend every possible help to the movement and be its face and voice.”
With no political party willing to take the high-profile leader into its fold, the leader understandably wants to become the torchbearer of any cause that is the flavour of the season. “When the issue of Telangana came up in parliament, I couldn’t say anything in its favour as the SP was against splitting states. Now I want to work for creation of such states as I feel they are essential for balanced development,” Singh said.
The agitation, which coincided with the first day of the parliament’s budget session, also saw leadersBJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar, Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) chief Ajit Singh and Bundelkhand Mukti Morcha’s (BMM) Raja Bundela. Ajit Singh and Bundela have been advocating the formation of Harit Pradesh and Bundelkhand respectively.
Amar Singh, who wants a state of Poorvanchal carved out from UP, is organising a rally in UP’s Azamgarh on March 25. He has invited Ajit Singh, Bundela and leaders from Telangana and Vidarbha to join the rally.
The pro-Telangana fury reached close to the doors of parliament later in the day, with over 200 protesting lawyers breaking the police cordon at Parliament House Annexe, just 100 meters from parliament precincts.