Mulayam Singh Yadavs Samajwadi Party (SP),the third largest party in the Lok Sabha,is keeping the ruling dispensation on tenterhooks,refusing to make its stand on the coal allocation issue clear. Although it is unlikely to go with the BJP,the lack of clarity on SPs stance has got not only the ruling Congress,but also the BJP and the Left parties in the dark.
CPI leaders Gurudas Dasgupta and D Raja on Tuesday met the SP chief and were learnt to have urged him to make efforts to break the impasse in Parliament. Sources said they wanted Mulayam to convene a meeting of parties which are opposed to disruption of Parliament and favouring a discussion on the coal block allocation issue. This is seen as an attempt to isolate the BJP,which has held up Parliament for last six days.
Incidentally,Mulayam had suggested to the Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj last week to convene a meeting of all non-UPA parties to corner the Congress on the issue of coal block allocation. While this gave hope to the opposition ranks looking for broader unity to put the government on the mat,Mulayam pulled out later leaving the BJP in the lurch.
While the SP has left all the non-UPA parties as well as the ruling establishment confused,its own party men appear confused as well.