In a move that could fuel the Yadav family feud, Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday appointed senior party leader and Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh as the party’s national general secretary.
“You have been appointed general secretary of Samajwadi Party. I hope in the coming days you will strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections," Mulayam Singh wrote in a handwritten letter to Amar Singh.
The move comes days after a section of SP leaders accused Amar Singh of stoking the family feud pitting Mulayam Singh and his brother Shivpal Yadav against Mulayam Singh’s son, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav.
In what was seen as the political rehabilitation of the 60-year-old master strategist of the SP, Amar Singh was nominated as one of seven SP candidates for membership of the Rajya Sabha in May, six years after he was expelled from the party.
Analysts say this move could deepen the crisis.
“Amar Singh is considered close to (Mulayam’s brother) Shivpal Yadav; and by appointing him to this position, Mulayam Singh has only deepened the divide in the party. This move will also distance the other backward classes (OBC), the core vote bank of SP, from the party as Amar Singh represents the elite. His association with SP had also hurt the party back in 2007 when SP had lost to the Bahujan Samaj Party," said political analyst and professor of political science at Lucknow University, S.K Dwivedi.
PTI contributed to this story.