“Along with the CPI, CPI(M), TDP and BJD, we have decided to stage a sit-in in Parliament tomorrow. We want a probe into it (coal block allocation) and the guilty should be punished,” Yadav told reporters.
The SP chief’s move to cobble up an alternative political formation is being viewed in the light of his statement earlier this month that the SP was likely to head a Third Front government after the 2014 general elections.
The CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury said both the Congress and BJP were not keen on a debate on the coal block allocation. “Many things will come out of the cupboard. That’s why I said it was match-fixing.” Dismissing the charge, Congress spokesman Manish Tewari said, “There is neither any mock fight nor any match-fixing.”
Yadav, ostensibly, wants to be seen as maintaining equidistance from both the BJP and Congress. But he is likely to seek Congress support if there is a chance for a Third Front government.