Congress takes on Mulayam over concept of third front, others offer mixed views

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 10:40 hrs

Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday denounced Samajwadi Party (SP) supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav's concept of third front forming the government after 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

"Some regional and political parties are such that for them only power matters. That is why when their circumstances change, people work according to the change. So, whatever he has said is nothing new," he said.

Congress leader Rashid Masood said that coalition government would be formed, but added that the third front had no identity.

"It is 100 percent correct that coalition government will be formed whether it will be of NDA or UPA. However, the third front has no existence," said Masood.

Meanwhile, Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader D.P. Tripathi backed Yadav's comment, and spoke in favour of a coalition government.

"What Mulayam Singhji has said is absolutely correct because I have said it an year ago that there is a fundamental shift in Indian politics that the concept of singularity has been replaced by plurality. So, the entire idea of a single dominant party system is over and the era of coalition has begun," he said.

Janata Dal (Secular) General Secretary Kunwar Danish Ali on his part said the coalition government in India is a reality now, and added that this fact cannot be denied by anybody.

" Whether it's BJP leaders or the Congress leaders, it is the reality. And I can only say that in the coming Lok Sabha elections there is a 99.9 percent chance of a non-Congress, non-BJP led government to be in (to come to power). There is no doubt in that," said Ali.

Janata Dal (United) leader Jai Narayan Prasad Nishad echoing similar sentiments said all the parties should unite now so as to make sure that the Congress and the BJP do not continue to form the government at the Centre.

"Everyone has to unite with one banner, one flag then only people will caste their vote and bring them in power or else the Congress and BJP will continue to run," said Nishad.

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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