New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Tuesday claimed that the political turmoil in the party ahead of the Uttar Pradesh elections was a “programmed drama".

Singh also said that Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh and his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav “are one and will remain one".

“It was a programmed drama in which all of us were given a role. I subsequently realised that we are being used... I came to realise it was a ploy to distract from the anti- incumbency, law and order situation," Singh said.

“Mulayam loves being defeated at the hands of his son. Cycle (Party’s election symbol), son, and Samajwadi Party are his weaknesses. Even on polling day, the entire family went together. So why all the drama?" Singh told CNN-News 18.

The Samajwadi Party went through a bitter power struggle between Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav, with the latter taking the fight to the Election Commission and, ultimately, winning the battle and the party symbol.

Singh has been blamed by a section of the party leadership for creating fissures between Mulayam and Akhilesh. He was recently relegated to the back benches of the Rajya Sabha by his party.

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