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Mulayam backs old friend Singh.

ALL the big wigs in the Samajwadi Party were ranged against him. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and senior SP leader Prof Ram Gopal Yadav have seldom been on the same page with the powerful and unpredictable UP minister Azam Khan, but were united in their desire to push Amar Singh out of the party. As were a large number of other senior party leaders.

Many predicted that he would be the collateral damage in the current round of infighting within the Yadav family. But the irrepressible Amar Singh has emerged unscathed, with Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav backing him to the hilt.

" I am not in a habit of ditching friends.

He ( Amar Singh) stood by me in my worst times and I cannot dump him now," said the SP chief on Sunday.

Mulayam's vote of confidence could not have come at a better time for the beleaguered Amar Singh. He was being blamed for the current round of infighting in the family and of instigating the SP chief against his son, Akhilesh Yadav.

Ram Gopal Yadav, Azam Khan and the chief minister made little attempt to disguise their antipathy for him by describing him as the " outsider". Akhilesh even made it clear that he would no longer refer to him as uncle.

But Amar Singh appears to have survived all attempts to push him out and to get Netaji, as Mulayam Singh Yadav is popularly known, to disown him.

The combined efforts of Amar Singh's detractors have had the opposite affect, it earned him a ringing endorsement from the SP chief.

Amar Singh maintained low profile since his re- entry

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Date:Sep 19, 2016
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