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SP wants Amar Singh out of Rajya Sabha
Having decided not to let Amar Singh hold on to his Rajya Sabha seat now that he has declared a war on SP, the party is looking for ways to get him disqualified from the Upper House.

A direct call from SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav that Singh should quit RS is another option under consideration.

The SP is looking at a 2008 Lok Sabha ruling when Speaker Somnath Chatterjeeexpelled three BSP MPs -- Bhalchandra Yadav, Ramakant Yadav and Mohammad Shahid -- for addressing rallies against the party on whose tickets they had been elected.

The judgment went beyond the traditional grounds for disqualification -- violation of party whip -- to hold that criticizing one's party from public platforms constituted "voluntarily giving up the membership".

Interestingly, the SP leaders including Amar Singh did not take long to see the shrewdness in the strategy employed by arch-rival Mayawati to get even with her rebel MPs. Only months later, the SP filed for disqualification of its stalwart Beni Prasad Verma on the same grounds.

Verma broke ranks during 2007 UP assembly elections to campaign against SP. The petition, however, could not be clinched in the 14th Lok Sabha.

As the party mulls its options, Amar Singh continued to rile the party, this time by praising Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati who, he said, had "proved themselves in adversity". He warmed up to Mayawati by saying BSP chief's quarrel with him was limited to his being the shield for the SP chief. He even commiserated with the UP chief minister for the attack on her at the State Guest House.

While the SP brass, sources said, has decided not to fulfil Amar Singh's wish of expulsion in order to deny him a lifeline, it also does not intend to let the matter linger on indefinitely. A request to the RS chairman to consider Singh's "anti-party statements" for disqualification may be in line.

Mulayam Singh on Saturday said, "The party is in mourning and I will respondafter February 3."

The issue has triggered a battle of nerves between the party and the rebel. The Samajwadi camp felt Singh could be embarrassed into quitting the Parliament, but the latter has refused to oblige, arguing he earned the RS with his hard work.

To partymen, there is a similarity between the actions of the expelled BSP trio and Singh. After sounding the war cry, Singh has been attacking SP in caste rallies of Kshatriyas and MBCs across UP.

His claim to possessing "derogatory CDs" involving Mulayam's family and his challenge to Akhilesh Singh Yadav to quit Kannauj and contest against him, are seen as amounting to "voluntarily giving up the membership".

Source - TOI
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