Eye on TMC,Left rolls out red carpet for SP

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s eagerness to engage regional forces,especially the SP,has alarmed the Left which is now walking the extra mile to keep Mulayam Singh Yadav in good humour

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published: March 13, 2012 3:43:40 am

Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s eagerness to engage regional forces,especially the SP,has alarmed the Left which is now walking the extra mile to keep Mulayam Singh Yadav in good humour.

Although the CPM is still cagey about resurrecting the third front,Left leaders are keen to ensure that Mamata does not join hands with what they call their “secular friends”,the most sought after of which is now the SP.

On Monday,CPI’s Gurudas Dasgupta walked into the SP’s office in Parliament to congratulate Mulayam and his son Akhilesh and took Yadav junior with him to the CPI headquarters.

There,a felicitation for Akhilesh was hastily organised and a symbolic “red bouquet” given to welcome him. Dasgupta,addressing a small gathering,did not forget to mention Akhilesh’s ubiquitous “red” cap and urged him to work for the toiling masses.

Dasgupta was picking up the threads from where his leader A B Bardhan had left. Bardhan called Mulayam some days ago to congratulate him and suggested that he should think beyond UP now,implying he should play a role at the national level.

The CPM is also happy to engage the SP which parted ways with the Left ahead of the confidence vote in 2008. On Tuesday,Akhilesh is set meet CPM general secretary Prakash Karat. While Karat insisted that Third Front is not on the party’s agenda now,he mentioned about the need for an “alternative” to fight the policies of the BJP and Congress at a JD(S) function here Monday. The Left leaders are also in touch with the BJD and TDP.

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