Amar Singh rejoins Samajwadi Party, nominated for Rajya Sabha

Lucknow: In a political move of far reaching consequences for the Mulayam Singh-led Samajwadi Party, Amar Singh was on Tuesday nominated by the party for Rajya Sabha berth.

Singh was amongst one of the seven candidates announced by the SP for the Upper House elections scheduled for next month.

The other names are Beni Prasad Verma, Sanjay Seth, Sukhram Yadav, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Arvind Singh and Revti Raman Singh.

The decision was apparently taken at SP’s central parliamentary board meeting in Lucknow and was attended by party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, national general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav, senior ministers Shivpal Yadav and Mohammad Azam Khan.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav and Kiranmoy Nanda were special invitees, as per media reports.

Singh, once close to Mulayam, was expelled from the party ahead of the 2009 Lok Sabha elections.

Later he had floated his own party and contested UP Assembly elections.

Then he joined the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) and had contested the Lok Sabha polls.