Mulayam eyeing PM post?

Last Updated: Mon, Mar 25, 2013 09:48 hrs

Lucknow/New Delhi: With the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) now dependent on his support more after the DMK pulled out over Sri Lanka issue, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav holds the key to the survival of UPA now, but the Uttar Pradesh strongman has indicated possibility of early polls and pitched for a coalition government at the centre, which is neither of Congress nor of BJP.

Media reports said Mulayam Singh Yadav is for early polls in 2013 even though the country is scheduled to go for a general elections in 2014.

Even his party leaders like Ram Chandra Kushwaha are naming Mulayam Singh as the next Prime Minister of India.

Mulayam at a rally in Maharashtra's Sangli on Sunday said coalition government is the need of the hour at the centre since no single party can come to power.

He urged like minded parties to come together.

Media reports said Mulayam Singh has asked party workers to be ready for early polls.

Mulayam's party leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal are reportedly in touch with regional parties like the BJD, Trinamool, DMK, RLD, RJD and the AGP, said media reports.

Ram Chandra Kushwaha said people are looking for an alternative and SP can provide leadership.

"Samajwadi Party can form a government with all secular parties and Mulayam Singh will be next Prime Minister of India," said Kushwaha.

SP rules out any 'understanding' with BJP

This comes just days after endorsing senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders, including LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The Samajwadi Party on Monday ruled out any future alignment with the saffron party

Clarifying the party stand, general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav said that "praise should not be seen through (a) political prism".

"What we have said is true about the BJP leadership, but that does not mean that we will have an association with the BJP in times to come," Yadav said.

A few days back, Rajya Sabha member and cousin of party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, Ram Gopal Yadav, had lauded the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) rule, claiming it was much better than the rule of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA).

In a television interview, Ram Gopal Yadav had said that the NDA was more cohesive and less corrupt, and led by men of especial leadership ability, including LK Advani and Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav also two days back created a stir when he heaped praise on senior BJP leader and former deputy prime minister LK Advani, calling him an honest man who "never ever lied".

This statement at a public function, coming after Ram Gopal Yadav's praise of the BJP government, was seen by many as being politically "loaded", ahead of the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Ram Gopal Yadav, however, put all speculation to rest on Monday, asserting that there was no "indirect understanding" ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. He said the SP would never ally with the BJP.

"We are two different parties with different political agendas and beliefs. There can be no convergence of the two," Ram Gopal Yadav said in Lucknow.

He, however, defended the statements he and party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made praising BJP leaders. "That was a truth, what we said. In politics, there are no enemies, only opponents," Ram Gopal Yadav said.

The praise the SP leaders heaped on the BJP and its leaders had invited a sharp rebuke from minority leaders across the political spectrum, who accused Mulayam Singh Yadav of veering closer to communal forces.

Samajwadi Party has 22 MPs in Lok Sabha now and is crucial to the survival of the UPA led by Congress.

Recently, Mulayam Singh attacked the UPA government saying: "They are responsible for corruption."

Yadav made the comments at a time when the government's southern ally Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) pulled out of the government in New Delhi last week over its "soft stand" on the atrocities on Sri Lanka's ethnic Tamils vis-a-vis the US-sponsored resolution at the UNHRC session at Geneva.

The UPA government has been reduced to a minority after the exit of 18 DMK MPs. The UPA with outside support of SP (22 MPs) and BSP (21 MPs) has apparently 277 lawmakers' support now after the pullout.

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