The two parties snubbed by the Congress in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are talking of a new secular front. Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh on Wednesday said the party was in talks with Lalu Prasad Yadavs RJD to form a secular group of regional parties in north India against designs to finish outfits such as theirs.
There is a likelihood of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav closing ranks to form a group of secular regional parties in the north. We would also like to invite Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan to join the group to strengthen it, the SP general secretary told reporters. The politics to finish the politics of Mulayam Singh Yadav and Lalu Prasad Yadav in the north will not be tolerated.
Both parties have failed to forge a tie-up with the Congress for the Lok Sabha elections despite their support to the UPA Government,and have been blaming the Congresss plans to contest separately for its failure.
The SP general secretary took a dig at the Congresss plans of expanding its base in UP by naming Manmohan Singh as their prime ministerial candidate. It is their perception that they may win under Manmohan Singhji. When his (PMs) political impact had no effect in Punjab (Assembly elections),then how will it help in UP…the Akali Dal swept the power in Punjab during his prime ministership, he said in response to a question.
Amar Singh said Lalu had spoken to him on Wednesday and expressed his desire to campaign for the SP in Uttar Pradesh during the elections.
He wants to campaign for the SP in Uttar Pradesh even if we field our candidates on his home turf Bihar. If he wants,we could also campaign for the RJD in Bihar, said Singh.
However,Amar Singh clarified,given the current political reality,the SP would keep standing by the Congress. We cannot side with the BJP-led NDA and neither can we go to the Left-sponsored platform as the Left parties are standing with Mayawati. We will stand alongside the Congress, he said.
The SP leader refused to answer charges by the Congress,saying: We are not going to waste our energy against the Congress and provocations by its leaders. Our fight in Uttar Pradesh will be against the unholy nexus between the BSP and BJP.
I would be most happy if the BSP and BJP have no impact in UP while Manmohanji and Soniaji leave their impact there. Whether the Congress wins or we win,it is one and the same thing. As it is,for four-and-a-half years,we have suffered Congresss attacks,but still decided to support them when the Left parties deserted them, Amar Singh added.