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Mulayam praises Mamata, says UPA directionless

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, September 11, 2012
First Published: 22:55 IST(11/9/2012) | Last Updated: 01:01 IST(12/9/2012)

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son and Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav arrived in Kolkata on Tuesday with plans to discuss the party's role in yet another variant of the Third Front they plan to forge ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in 2014.

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"We are against their (UPA's) policies, which they must correct. That is the role of the opposition and we are fulfilling it," Mulayam told mediapersons here.

"You can see there is no clear policy and we don't know where they want to take the country. We sit everyday in the Lok Sabha. We are in touch with the government but there is no direction," said Mulayam, who is here with his son for the SP's national executive committee meeting.

The remarks against the UPA government, which the SP supports from the outside, reflect the party's keenness to play a crucial role in forming the next government at the Centre.

The party's growing proximity with the Left and the Telugu Desam Party are also indicators of the SP's plans for the formation of a non-Congress, non-BJP alliance at the national level.

SP sources said Mulayam is trying to prepare its leaders and workers to win 60 seats in the next Lok Sabha and emerge as the key player in formation of the next government at the Centre.

The party also plans to field candidates in the Lok Sabha elections in West Bengal.

Though the possibility of Mulayam meeting West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and wooing her for a proposed Third Front seemed unlikely, the SP chief praised her along with the late CPM veteran Jyoti Basu.

"Bengal has seen two good chief ministers. One is the late Jyoti Basu and the other is Mamata Banerjee. Both of them came to power after years of struggle and emerged as able leaders of the state," Mulayam said.


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