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‘No chance of joining Third Front with Karat at helm’

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday ruled out the possibility of his party joining the Third Front.

Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday ruled out the possibility of his party joining the Third Front saying with CPI-(M) leader Prakash Karat at its helm,he saw no such hope.

“Had comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet been the general secretary of CPI(M) then I would have seen some hope in this possibility as he differentiated between personal and political differences. But with Prakash Karat being at the helm,I see no such hope now,” Singh told reporters.

Singh made the remark when asked if there is a possibility of SP joining the Third Front if the Mayawati-led BSP walked out of the alliance.

“Recently,I wanted to meet Karat on a very personal issue. He refused to meet me claiming that I was with Congress. One of his Politburo members told reporters that ‘Amar Singh wanted to meet,but we refused’,” Singh said.

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He said the media had highlighted “my reported insult” at a dinner meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s residence.

“I do not know whether I was invited there. Left leaders took me with them. My treatment there was their responsibility. Had the Left parties defended us then,the SP would not have remained isolated…they did not bother about our reported insult and continued with their support to Congress,” he added. The SP leader also said,”After spending four-and-a-half years with Congress,Left parties now oppose it. But today we have ideological similarities with Congress. Even if we may not have an alliance on seats with it,ideological understanding is very much there with Congress.”

Amar Singh further said,”Out of L K Advani,Mayawati and Manmohan Singh,we consider Manmohan Singh an ideal person” (as a Prime Minister).”

Attacking the various Third Front constituents,he said BJD shared an alliance with BJP for 11 years. “Now the reason why they have split is due to differences over seat sharing…even after the rape incidents of nuns in Kandhamal,Patnaik continued to run the government,despite pressure,” he alleged.

“Similarly,till a few days back,Kumaraswamy had an alliance with BJP in Karnataka,and they shared good relations,now the JD(S) is anti-BJP,” Singh said.

The SP leader reiterated that without Sonia Gandhi and Congress,no anti-BJP government was possible after the Lok Sabha elections.

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