Meeting with Rajnath was not political: Amar Singh

Meeting with Rajnath was not political: Amar Singh
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First Published: Fri, May 15 2009. 02 20 PM IST
Updated: Fri, May 15 2009. 02 20 PM IST
New Delhi: Samajwadi Party (SP) general secretary Amar Singh today sought to downplay his meeting with BJP president Rajnath Singh at a function last night, saying no politics should be read into it as it was just a social gathering.
“Rajnath Singh is like my elder brother and I have no enmity with him. As I was called for a social dinner, I went there. I also attended the dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh even when we had differences with Congress then,” Singh said.
Asked if BJP was still an untouchable for SP, Singh said: “So far yes. As long as BJP does not give up contentious issues like Ram temple, Article 370 and Uniform Civil Code, how can we touch BJP.”
The SP leader said that except his party and Left, all other parties have done business with BJP at one point in time or the other.
“So far only Left and SP have not done business with BJP. While Left fought BJP ideologically, we fought them at ground level in the laboratory of Hindutva,” he said.
Singh said that he spoke to NCP leader Sharad Pawar today and informed that a meeting of Pawar, RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav, LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan and SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav would take place after 17 May when they arrive in Delhi.
He also said that the Fourth Front leaders are also likely to meet Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi.
“I spoke to Pranab Mukherjee. There was nothing political about it. It was an informal call as he is is like my elder brother,” Amar Singh told reporters here.
When asked whether he had spoken to BJP chief Rajnath Singh, the SP leader said he met him at a marriage last evening.
“Political life is different from personal life. We belong to the same caste and know each other. He had invited me for a function and we had an informal chat and we had no political discussion,” he said.
He said his party cannot go with BJP, which bats for article 370 and Ram temple.
The SP leader said that he could meet NCP chief Sharad Pawar on 17 May along with Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan.
On talks with other leaders, he said, “I have already spoken to Praja Rajyam chief Chiranjeevi twice and will speak to him again”.
With only a day left for declaration of election results, Samajwadi Party has opened communication links with various parties for a prospective post poll alliance.
SP, which has formed the Fourth Front along with RJD and LJP, has announced that it will come out with its future strategy on 17 May.
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First Published: Fri, May 15 2009. 02 20 PM IST