RS nomination not a ‘big deal’ but pleasantly surprised: Amar Singh

| Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 21:42
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Amar Singh claimed that he was surprised when Ahmed Patel called him and congratulated him

New Delhi: Dethroned Samajwadi Party (SP) leader, Amar Singh, while speaking to media on Wednesday said that he was surprised by the fact that he had secured a Rajya Sabha nomination. “Dil todna kisi ka ye zindagi nhi hai, apne liye jo jiye wo aadmi nhi hai,” said Amar Singh.
The Samajwadi Party had on Tuesday announced the names of seven party candidates for the Rajya Sabha elections scheduled for June, which included the name of Amar Singh.
“The nomination is not a big deal for me,” said Amar Singh. “It is the love and blessing with which Mulayam Singh has nominated me that has been the cause of a 'pleasant’ surprise and happiness”, Amar added.
Amar Singh, who was expelled from the Samajwadi Party on accusations of bribery, claimed that he was surprised when Ahmed Patel called him and congratulated him on securing a Rajya Sabha nomination. 
"I was not aware why," said Amar Singh of his sudden nomination. 
The former SP leader said that he called the Chief of Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav, the very next day of his nomination. 
Asked about protests by some members of the Samajwadi Party against his Rajya Sabha nomination, Amar Singh quoted, "Bura jo dekhan main chalaa, to mujhse bura naa koi."  
Amar Singh also said that he had no objections against anyone protesting his nomination, but he exclaimed that anyone who will hurt the sentiments of Mulayam Singh Yadav would be regrettable. 
Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav's son, Akhilesh Singh Yadav, has many a times delivered censure against Amar Singh. However, Singh claimed that Akhilesh was like his son and had his blessings. "Even if he becomes angry, I don't have the right to be angry," said Singh about Akhilesh. 
Expressing disappointment over the SP decision to nominate Amar Singh to the Rajya Sabha, party leader Azam Khan has said that the whole incident is 'unfortunate'.
"As far as I think, this whole incident (nomination of Amar Singh to Rajya Sabha) is unfortunate," Khan told reporters.
"Netaji malik hai aur malik ke faisle ko chunauti dena mere adhikar chetra ke bahar hai (Mulayam Singh is the party chief and to challenge his decision is beyond my rights)," he added.

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