Congress and the BJP are not the only options left: Mulayam Singh Yadav


At its national executive meet in Kolkata, Samajwadi Party appeals regional parties to come together to form a Third Front

Virendra Nath Bhatt 

Training its guns at Congress, the Samajwadi Party on Wednesday 12 September formally made a fervent appeal to the regional parties to come together, thus paving the way for the formation of non-Congress non-BJP third front government at the Centre post-2014 Parliament elections. It is for the first time in recent years that the SP has launched scathing attack on the Congress.

Mulayam SIngh Yadav
Mulayam SIngh Yadav

The SP also rejected Rahul Gandhi as the future prime minister saying “he has not come with any big idea so far which could indicate about his abilities to lead the nation.”

The political resolution moved by party general secretary Mohan Singh targeted the Congress for the issues facing the nation. The resolution held the Congress responsible for the galloping inflation and rampant corruption, saying that these were the two most important issues for the people of the country. The SP also blamed the economic policies pursued by the Congress-led UPA for the grave difficulties faced by the common people due to corruption and inflation.

Targeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, the resolution said, “The internal security policies of the Manmohan Singh government are suicidal for the nation. The violence in Assam is one of the biggest tragedies of independent India. The Congress government in Assam should be dismissed for its failure to maintain the law and order and providing security to the life and property of the common citizens’’.

The resolution further said, “With the advent of the UPA government at the Centre, the nation has been flooded with scams where billions of hard earned money of the people was looted to fill the coffers of the top few. SP has extended outside support on merit to the Congress but we wish to clarify that our support was never for the rampant loot of the public exchequer and inflation’’.

Without naming Raj Thackeray, the resolution also said that, “The Congress is aiding and abetting a new face of terror in Maharashtra.” The SP demanded that Maharashtra government should ban the Maharashtra Navnirman Samiti.

Meanwhile on Wednesday, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav called on Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Much significance is being attached to the meeting of the two chief ministers as Mamata Banerjee’s support will be crucial for the third front. SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday had praised Banerjee as an “energetic and dynamic leader.’’ The SP chief was in Kolkata to attend the two-day national executive meeting of SP which ended on Wednesday.

Mohan Singh on Wednesday suggested that the SP chief is keen to step into the role once performed by the likes of Vishwanath Pratap Singh, Devi Lal and Harkishan Singh Surjeet, for forging a non-Congress non-BJP national political alternative. “Congress and the BJP are not the only options left for the regional parties. Instead of playing second fiddle to both the parties, the regional parties should seriously consider the option of joining the third front,’’ said Mohan Singh.

“For the third front we have to speak to all the regional parties and it’s our political compulsion to talk to Mamata Banerjee as she is a formidable force in West Bengal and cannot be ignored,’’ said Mohan Singh. He however added, “The Left front is our natural ally and they stood by us during the tough time.” A senior SP leader said, “Till the 2014 Parliament elections, we are keeping all our options open, we want to offend none and keep both the arch rivals in West Bengal politics, the Trinamool Congress and the Left front, in good humour’’.

Virendra Nath Bhatt is a Special Correspondent with Tehelka.


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