Third front has become a history: BJP

Last Updated: Fri, Mar 29, 2013 12:33 hrs

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said the 'third front' has become a 'history' in Indian politics.

"The third front has become history in the politics of India. It has no relevance at present or in future," BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said while addressing a press conference here.

Prasad made the comments days after Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav pitched for a coalition government at the Centre which is neither of the Congress nor of the BJP.

Questioning Mulayam Singh Yadav´s decision to support Congress at the Centre, the BJP spokesperson said: "If the Congress government bothers you so much then why don´t you (Mulayam Singh Yadav) do something about it?"

Prasad called Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram´s promise to stand by the SP-led Uttar Pradesh government as a ´lollipop´.

As the rift between the ruling Congress and SP widened, Chidambaram was seen sharing the stage with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and SP leader Akhilesh Yadav at a function in Lucknow on Friday.

"I assure the Chief Minister, his team and Netaji (Mulayam Singh Yadav) that the government of India will stand by the Uttar Pradesh government," Chidambaram said at the function.

Chidambaram gave the assurances days after SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav called the Congress party as one of cheats and clever people.

Mulayam Singh Yadav used expressions like "dhokebaaz" and "chalak" (cheats, clever) for Congress at a rally at Sefai (Saifai) under Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday.

The Congress depends on SP´s support at the Centre after the pullout by the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) over the Sri Lanka issue last week.

Mulayam Singh Yadav has indicated possibility of early polls and called for a coalition government at the centre.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, however, said that his United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government would survive its full term of five years.

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