Lucknow, January 8: The Rajya Sabha MP and Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Amar Singh was granted the Z-category security by the Central government on Sunday. This is still unclear that why Amar Singh's security cover has been upgraded.
The Z-category security to Amar Singh will entail 22 security personnel including four or five NSG commandos and police officials. The move comes while the rift between SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav has deepened.
Last year, Amar Singh was caught in the storm amidst the controversy between Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle Shivpal Yadav. Hinting at Amar Singh, Akhilesh had mentioned that some 'outsiders' were working against the interests of the party.
Meanwhile, in a press conference on Sunday, the SP leader Mulayam Singh Yadav said that he remains the national president of the party, and the decision taken at the national convention, called by a faction, stands null and void.
He further mentioned that his son Akhilesh Yadav continues to be the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh. "I am national president of SP, and Akhilesh is the Chief Minister of UP," Mulayam Singh said.
In October 2016, Amar Singh had admitted that he is scared of Ram Gopal Yadav and wrote to Centre for additional security. “I am scared of him after he said that. I will meet the home minister and appeal to him to provide security for my life,” Amar Singh said. “He (Ram Gopal) uses the pen as well as the carbine [woh kalam se carbine tak chalate hain]. He is both an intellectual and a muscleman [woh bahubali aur budhibali dono hain].”
The Election Commission recently announced the date of assembly polls to be held in five states. The first of the seven phases of polling in Uttar Pradesh will begin from February 11 and end on March 8. The counting of votes is on March 11.
Meanwhile, the war over the 'cycle' symbol of Samajwadi Party is already underway. Both Akhilesh and Mulayam camps have submitted the affidavits to election Commission of India (ECI) staking the claim. However, if by January 17, EC does not allow one of the groups to use the symbol, it will freeze it.