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Mamata leaves SP out of her front plan

Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reportedly has no plan to rope in Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav

Written by Faisal Fareed | Lucknow | Published: June 14, 2013 12:29 am

Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reportedly has no plan to rope in Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in her proposed front of non-UPA,non-NDA parties.

In the past two days,Mamata has contacted Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik,but not Mulayam who has been talking of a third front as an alternative to both the BJP and the Congress.

“We cannot go towards Mulayam. I will not use harsh words but his political image is not clean. We still remember his somersault during the presidential election due to which there are reservations,” said TMC 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 for Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee.

TMC MP Sultan Ahmed said,“Mulayam should 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”.

Asif Ahmed Khan,TMC observer for UP,said Mulayam had been kept out of moves for the front because he can’t take a tough stand against the Congress. “Issuing statements is one thing but Mulayam in the end always goes towards the Congress,” Asif said.

SP leader in West Bengal 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.”

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