Jaswant proposed to SP on July 2 to unsettle Manmohan Govt: Amar

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New Delhi, Jul 6 (UNI) Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh today tried to justify his new equations with the Congress citing BJP Leader Jaswant Singh's ''shocking disclosure'' that the Left and the BSP were strongly with his party for toppling the Manmohan Singh Government''.

The SP leader said the BJP wanted the SP too to be part of the game. He, however, strongly ruled out any alignment with the BJP, saying for his party communalism was a bigger danger to the country than any other issue.

''Just four days ago, Mr Jaswant Singh came with a proposal to Samajwadi Party to dislodge the Congress-led Manmohan Government,'' the SP General Secretary told IBN7 TV Channel .

''It was a day when National Security Adviser M K Narayanan was to meet us, BJP leader Jaswant Singh came again with a formula to unsettle the government, and he bluntly said that "this Italy government has to go", said Mr Amar Singh.

The SP leader's remarks came a day after Mr Jaswant Singh admitted in a press conference of a similar proposal made to the UNPA leaders when the BJP wanted their support for the candidature of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat for the office of President a year back.

That time Jaswant Singh proposed to the UNPA that BJP would back one of them as Prime Minister if the Front was willing to support Shekhawat as the President. The proposal was routed through Jayalalitha and after consultation within the UNPA, but it was shot down.

However, the BJP initially vehemently had denied any such proposal made by Jaswant Singh calling such claims as baseless.

Amar Singh today told IBN7 that he was shocked to know that Jaswant Singh had claimed that on this issue, "BJP, Left and even BSP are of the same opinion" When Mr Singh was quizzed by IBN7 as to whether Jaswant Singh had given any hint regarding any communication having been established between the BJP and the Left Front regarding the proposal, Amar Singh clarified that he has no idea. He just repeated whatever Jaswant Singh told him during the meeting that BJP and the Left Front were of the same opinion on this issue.

According to Amar Singh, SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was also present when Jaswant Singh proposed the formula.

The BJP leader's visit to Mr Amar Singh's House on July 2 had created a flutter in the political cricle. When Jaswant Singh was asked about this meeting in yesterday's press conference, he simply said he had gone to ascertain which way the wind was blowing in Samajwadi Party. But with Amar Singh's disclosure it is amply clear why Jaswant Singh had gone to see Samajwadi Party leaders.

The SP leader said his party immediately turned down Mr Jaswant Singh's proposal the way it was rejected a year back during the elections for the office of President.

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