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,CPIs Gurudas Dasgupta walked into the SPs 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 Akhileshs 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 partys 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.