- By Vijay Simha
Today, in part two, we look at the parties that are driven by a desire to head the next government in New Delhi. They could hurtle into the space usually occupied by savvier parties like the Congress and the BJP – should things turn out that way.
The Samajwadi Party is the most convinced of all the parties who believe they have a reasonable shot at the top job after the next General Election.
The party's founder Mulayam Singh Yadav is one of the two senior Indian politicians still in the fray who think they ought to have been prime minister by now.
LK Advani is the other, but more of him later in the series.
They call Mulayam Singh Yadav 'chunavbaaz' in Delhi, a Hindi word that best describes a person who excels in causing elections.
Mulayam is most comfortable with the business of elections. It is home territory for him.
This is why he keeps talking of withdrawing support from the UPA2 every time he has an opportunity.
The Janata Dal (United) is another party that believes its leader Nitish Kumar could be prime minister in the event of the Congress and the BJP failing to provide one.
Nitish Kumar has more credibility in the UPA and the NDA than Mulayam, although that in itself is not enough.
Nitish however has a drawback he can't do anything about – Bihar has 40 Lok Sabha seats; Uttar Pradesh has 80.
The AIADMK is the only southern party that seeks to be in the race for 7 Race Course Road in the next election.
Its leader J Jayalalithaa considers 40 a number big enough to influence the formation of the next government.
She told party colleagues weeks ago to win in all the 39 seats in Tamil Nadu and one in Puducherry, although this is easier said than done.
Together, these parties are The Intruders – their role will be to throw up a prime minister if asked to.