Samajwadi Party's (SP's) high-profile spokesperson Amar Singh on Wednesday resigned as the Party's general secretary and other posts following deepening differences with party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, saying his priority now was his health, wife and children.
Mr Singh, who is in Dubai, told PTI over the phone that he has resigned as national general secretary, spokesman and member of the SP parliamentary board. He faxed his resignation from all the three posts to Mr Yadav, he said.
The 53-year-old leader, who was considered the right hand man of Mr Yadav, insisted that there was “no political motive” behind his resignation but appeared bitter about the party.
After the kidney transplant he underwent in Singapore three months back, Mr Singh said, "My doctors said that you are not well and you are living on somebody else's kidney. Once I came back, there has been no change in my lifestyle and there is no division of labour in the party."
He said he was resigning “strictly as per the advice of my doctors, who have asked me to take complete rest as I have just undergone a major kidney transplant operation”.
Mr Singh said, "I had been giving more priority to Mulayam Singh Yadav and the party. After 20 years, now I should look after my children, wife and their welfare, over and above that of Mulayam Singh and the party."
Amar Singh, who had attacked Mulayam Singh and his family over the party's humiliating defeat in the Lok Sabha by-election in Firozabad in November, at the same time maintained, "There is no difference with Yadav and I would not like to ditch him at this hour of crisis."
Mr Yadav's daughter-in-law Dimple was the SP candidate who lost to Congress nominee Raj Babbar, who was earlier with the SP.
Even during the Lok Sabha elections, Mr Singh's ties with the party leadership had come under strain over Jaya Prada's candidature in Rampur which was opposed by Azam Khan, who later exited the party.
Asked why he decided to resign three months after his operation, he said, "I had resigned on three occasions in the past but on each occasion Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) had rejected my request. I hold him in high esteem."
He said, "Family and my health come first for me. Doctors have advised me complete rest and it is not possible to adhere to their advice while following such a hectic schedule. Therefore, I decided to resign from all the three posts.”
Mr Singh said that he would continue to remain an “ordinary worker” of the party and has requested the SP chief to make Ram Gopal Yadav the party's national spokesperson in his place.
"Ram Gopal is already member of the parliamentary board of the party and also a general secretary and, therefore, he can become the spokesperson also," the SP leader said.
Mr Singh said that he would be going to Singapore where he was operated late last year to consult his doctors as he does not want his kidney problem to relapse and will be back in the country by the middle of this month.