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Federal front: Mamata welcomes even Mulayam

Ravik Bhattacharya, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 26, 2013
First Published: 00:39 IST(26/6/2013) | Last Updated: 01:44 IST(26/6/2013)

Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee is willing to forget Samajawadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav’s breach of promise in the presidential election last year and have him in the fledgling federal front only if he abandons the Congress.

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“We never said that if the Samajwadi Party wanted to join the federal front, we would refuse them. Banerjee has given the call to all regional parties, many of which are in touch with us. However, Yadav will have to sever ties with the UPA,” said Sultan Ahmed, Trinamool MP and core committee member.

Banerjee, who is busy with panchayat poll campaign, will take up the issue after the elections. She is trying to bring parties such as the JD(U), Biju Janata Dal (of Odisha) and even the Telangana Rashtra Samithi under the federal front umbrella. During the presidential election last year, Yadav reneged on the promise he made to Banerjee on the issue of supporting APJ Abdul Kalam. He threw in his lot with the Congress and supported Pranab Mukherjee instead.

When asked about this, Ahmed said, “Those issues are history.”

Kiranmoy Nanda, general secretary of the Samajwadi Party, said: “We too are for a non-Congress, non-BJP group. After the Lok Sabha polls there will be a third front, which will be a deciding factor.”


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