Dare to stop Amar Singh; he is Machiavellian politician who knows business world better than any finance minister of India is back with a bang at the national scene. Singh said his life is now devoted to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Clad in traditional saffron kurta, Amar Singh attracted media headlines at the ground breaking ceremony in Lucknow when Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to him in his 30-minute speech. While taking a jibe at the Congress over crony capitalism, PM said that ‘Amar Singh is sitting here and he has their history of playing with top industrialists behind curtains’.
After his speech, PM Modi met Amar Singh and had a brief chat with him. The PM’s mention of his name and then a brief chat suddenly catapulted former Samajwadi Party General Secretary into limelight in the saffron camp. Later, his meeting with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at his 5 Kalidas Marg residence has given air to rumours of Amar Singh making attempts to adorn ‘bhagwa’ (saffron).
Once a trusted lieutenant of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh had stated last November that he will join the BJP if invited. He even went to the extent of saying that he would campaign for Modi in 2019 Lok Sabha polls on his own. An unattached lawmaker, Amar Singh has been vocal in his criticism to SP Chief Akhilesh Yadav calling him his enemy. BJP is hoping to consolidate its vote bank and break opposition unity index via Amar Singh.
A few BJP leaders were surprised over his presence during the Ground Breaking Ceremony. Close to country’s top industrialists, a senior BJP state leader confided that the party leadership was using Amar Singh’s services to bring investors in the state and explore ways how to keep the SP and BSP separated from forging an alliance in UP.
Apprehending a major trouble, SP leader Azam Khan has cautioned the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi against building ties with veteran politician Amar Singh. Voicing his concern over reports that Amar Singh is cosying up to the BJP, Khan advised that they should maintain a distance from him.
Singh, who was a Rajya Sabha MP from the Samajwadi Party, was expelled from the Akhilesh Yadav-led outfit last year. When his exit was announced from the SP, there were rumours within the party that he had got a special puja performed in Vindhyachal, which led to a feud in the Yadav family. Singh had later claimed that the Mulayam-Akhilesh fight ahead of the UP Assembly elections was a ‘scripted’ one. Amar Singh is likely to keep the status quo in the family and break SP-BSP possible alliance to ensure BJP superiority in the next upcoming general elections. So the entire fortune of the next BJP government hinders on the popularity of PM Narendra Modi and live political skills of one man – AMAR SINGH.
Report filed by Prakhar Prakash Mishra: Political Editor Opinion Express Group