Samajwadi Party leader quits over ties with Kalyan

February 8th, 2009 - 11:39 am ICT by IANS  

Bharatiya Janata PartyBhopal, Feb 7 (IANS) Narayan Tripathi, a former president of Samajwadi Party’s Madhya Pradesh unit, has resigned from the party’s primary membership to protest its growing ties with former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Kalyan Singh.
He said in a statement Saturday that he was quitting as he was hurt at party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav’s new ties with Kalyan Singh, who, according to Tripathi, was not only responsible but also involved in the demolition of the Babri Masjid in 1992.

In his letter to Mulayam Singh Yadav and party general secretaries Amar Singh and Ramgopal Yadav, Tripathi said: “Closeness with Kalyan Singh seems to be a compromise with communal forces.”

“I was with the Samajwadi Party due to its secular credentials,” Tripathi told IANS.

The former Samajwadi Party legislator from Maihar lost in the recent assembly elections. He has convened a meeting of supporters here Sunday to discuss his political future.

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