Notwithstanding its failure to reach a seat-sharing agreement with Congress,Samajwadi Party said it would support Manmohan Singh for the Prime Ministership and ruled out his party joining the Third Front which will have CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat at its helm.
“Out of L K Advani (of NDA),Mayawati (of BSP) and Manmohan Singh,we prefer Manmohan Singh,” Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh told reporters here when asked whom his party would support for Prime Ministership as there are several aspirants.
Taking a swipe at LJP leader Ram Vilas Paswan,NCP chief Sharad Pawar and BSP chief Mayawati who are aspiring to be the Prime Minister,Amar Singh said,”Pradhan mantri ki kursi ke liye swayamwar ho raha hai aur log saj dhaj ke tuktuki lagake baithe hain (the best suitable groom is being chosen for the PM’s chair and people attired in best dresses are eyeing it).”
Talking about the failure of SP and Congress to forge a seat-sharing alliance,Amar Singh said,”We may not have seat-sharing arrangement with it (Congress),we have ideological understanding with Congress,which is more important than seat-sharing.”
He made it clear that after the elections,SP would be with a “secular” coalition led by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.