Kolkata, Sep 12 (IANS) Dismissing the UPA spearhead Congress as ‘scam-tainted”, the Samajwadi Party Wednesday urged regional parties to forge a Third Front and said it was determined to ensure that no government takes office in New Delhi without its support.
On day one of its national executive meeting here, the Samajwadi Party also announced that it would contest the next Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh.
Addressing the inaugural session, party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said while the Congress was “demoralised” and “neck deep in corruption”, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in a limbo.
“In the present scenario, the SP has to bear greater responsibility in national politics. The 2014 election will be decisive. You should all make sincere efforts so that we win a good number of seats so that no government can be formed in Delhi without our support,” Yadav said.
“We are already in power in Uttar Pradesh. If we come to power at the centre, then our area of influence will be spread all across north India, from Punjab to (West) Bengal,” he said.
In a stinging attack on the Congress, the SP supremo said the nation was beset with a large number of problems. Unemployment and poverty were on the rise.
“Our borders are under threat. There are a lot of scams. The Congress is a large party but its confidence is shaken. It is unable to do anything for people. With the scams, its image has taken a beating,” he said.
Referring to the Sachar Committee report, Yadav said: “The condition of the Muslims in the country is worse than that of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
“Who set up the Sachar Committee? (Prime Minister) Manmohan Singh. The report is before him but its recommendations have not been heeded. By setting up committees, the government wants to confuse and fool people/”
Moving the draft political resolution, SP general secretary Mohan Singh said his party had already sowed the seeds for a Third Front.
“We have sown the seeds and now they have to be nurtured.. We urge all regional parties opposed to the BJP and the Congress to forge a new front,” Mohan Singh said.
Mohan Singh, however, indicated that his party would prefer to forge ties with the Left rather than the Trinamool.
“Trinamool is a prominent regional party. When we speak to other parties, we will be under compulsion to also speak with Trinamool.
“But the problem is that we have traditional relations with the Left. During tough times, we got support from (CPI-M leaders) Harkishan Singh Surjeet and Jyoti Basu,” he said.
Asked if his party would project Mulayam Singh Yadav as the prime ministerial candidate of the Third Front, Singh said: “If we do so, we will be posing hurdles in the formation of the Third Front. But is there anyone who does not want to be the prime minister?”
Singh said the SP will contest the next Lok Sabha elections on its own in Uttar Pradesh. He said under no circumstances would the SP have any tie-up with the “corrupt” Congress.
The Congress, however, mocked the SP on the Third Front issue.
“Abhi Delhi durasth (Delhi is still far away). This is what a Mughal emperor had once said,” said senior Congress leader and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal.
The Daily News Post India (tdnpost)