Amar Singh returns to Samajwadi Party, offered a Rajya Sabha seat
Former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma was also on the party's list of tickets to the Upper House.
Politician Amar Singh has rejoined the Samajwadi Party and is likely to be offered a seat in the Rajya Sabha, News18 reported. The move comes ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. Shivpal Yadav, the brother of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, confirmed the news.
A document released by the Samajwadi Party started doing the rounds on Twitter on Tuesday. It shows a list of seven names recommended to the Rajya Sabha, including Singh’s and that of former Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who rejoined the party on Saturday, according to India Today. Others on the list are: Sanjay Seth, Sukhram Yadav, Vishambhar Prasad Nishad, Arvind Singh and Revti Raman Singh.
Amar Singh has popular support in the state, especially among members of the Rajput community. He was a member of the Rajya Sabha and general secretary of the Samajwadi Party till January 2010, when he resigned from his posts. He left the party a month later on SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s suggestion. Since then, he has been implicated in various corruption scandals and has also claimed to have retired from politics. However, there were talks of bringing him back ahead of the elections, with some party members saying he will bring in voters, while others opposed the move.