Shivpal Yadav defends 'outsider' Amar Singh

Lucknow: With party leaders critical of Amar Singh's alleged role in the current feud in Mulayam Singh Yadav's family, senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav today defended him by saying an organisation is strengthened by taking everyone along.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, who had stripped his uncle Shivpal of key portfolios after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav made him state unit chief, had yesterday blamed an "outsider" for the crisis.

Speaking in the same vein, party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav also hit out at Amar Singh after his meeting with Akhilesh today, though he refrained from naming the Rajya Sabha MP.

Asked about other SP leaders' "unhappiness" with Amar Singh, Shivpal said, "Taking everyone along makes an organisation stronger. There are all kinds of people in a party. One has to apply his mind also."

"If everyone becomes intelligent, all of them will be CM or netaji. Everyone cannot be Akhilesh or Mulayam," he told reporters at his residence.