Congress remains unfazed on Mulayam's talk of third front

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 12:00 hrs

Undaunted by Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's talks of a third front, Congress Party on Monday said each and every political outfit has its own assessment of the ongoing political situation.

"Every political party has its own assessment of the ongoing political situation. This is his assessment. We will see when the results will come," said Congress General Secretary Janardhan Dwivedi.

"This is 2013 now, wait till 2014," he added, when asked about Yadav praising Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) veteran Lal Krishna Advani.

Mulayam Singh Yadav today flaunted his interest in a Third Front by suggesting a union of parties committed to social change in Maharashtra, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

"A coalition government is the need of the country as no single party can come to power at Centre on its own strength," he said at a function in Maharashtra.

The Congress-led UPA Government has been in a minority since September last year when Mamata Banerjee pulled out her Trinamool Congress over the Centre's economic reforms, including opening the retail sector to foreign super-chains like Wal-Mart.

The DMK also last week withdrew its support to the UPA over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Sri Lankan Tamils, and ruled out any reconsideration.

A five-member DMK delegation headed by T.R. Baalu handed over a letter by party supremo M. Karunanidhi to President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan withdrawing support of its 18 Lok Sabha MPs to the UPA government.

This move of the DMK has made the UPA Government vulnerable despite its assertions of having a parliamentary majority. The ruling coalition will now eye for support from the regional parties, which includes the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Samajwadi Party.

With the pullout of the 18 DMK MPs in the Lok Sabha, the strength of the UPA Government declines from 295 to 277 in the Rajya Sabha. (ANI)

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