Trinmol Congress president and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has no plan to rope in Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav in her proposed federal front of non-UPA,non-NDA parties,it is learnt.
In the past two days,Mamata has contacted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik,but not Mulayam who has been talking of a third front as an alternative to both the BJP and Congress.
We cannot go towards Mulayam. I will not use harsh words but his political image is not clean. We remember his somersault during the presidential elections due to which there are reservations, said Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed.
In the presidential election,after initially declaring support for A P J Abdul Kalam along with Mamata at a joint press conference,Mulayam had changed his position and declared support to Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee. Ahmed said Mulayam should introspect about the situation. He should also clear his stand vis a vis UPA. He is not part of it but he is still supporting it. Let him first withdraw his support, Ahmed said.
Asif Ahmed Khan,who is Trinamool observer for Uttar Pradesh,said Mulayam had been kept out of the moves for the federal front because he cannot take a tough stand against the Congress. Issuing statements is another matter,but Mulayam in the end always goes to the Congress, Asif told The Indian Express over the phone from Kolkata.
SP leader in West Bengal and Rajya Sabha MP Kiranmoy Nanda said,It is true that we have not been contacted in the efforts to constitute the federal front by Mamata Bannerjee but there are cordial relations between us. For us,the efforts for the formation of federal front are not important as we believe that a front will come into existence after the Lok Sabha elections.
Over reports of strained relations with Mamata after the presidential elections,the SP general secretary in-charge of West Bengal said there is no ill-feeling. We have good relations, Nanda said.
The exercise for the federal front began on June 10 when Mamata posted a public appeal on her Facebook stating,Time has come for all regional parties to come together and form a federal front in the coming Lok Sabha elections. I appeal to all the non-Congress and non-BJP regional parties to launch a united fight to free the country misrule and anti-people decisions,and work together to build a better and brighter India.
After that,Mamata held a meeting with Janata Dal (United) leader K C Tyagi and had conversations with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik.
Trinamool leaders said they were eyeing parties like Janata Dal (Secular),Telugu Desam,YSR Congress,Telengana Rashtra Samiti,Indian National Lok Dal,Bahujan Samaj Party,Assam Gana Parishad and even Dravida Munetra Kazagham (DMK). These parties are not part of the UPA or the NDA and are strong in their respective states. At present,they hold 103 seats out of a total of 246 seats in nine states.