"You have been appointed general secretary of Samajwadi Party. I hope in the coming days you will strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections," Mulayam said in a handwritten letter to Amar.

The brief letter in Hindi signed by Mulayam on his Lok Sabha letter head was sent to media from state SP chief Shivpal Yadav's official e-mail id.

Though SP big wigs were strongly opposed to Amar Singh, often described as an ‘outsider’, Mulayam threw his weight behind him, first by making him a Rajya Sabha member some time back and now allotting him an important party post.