With its efforts to keep the flock together and allying with the Left never showing any practical results, the UNPA was even termed as a Union of Non Performing Assets. But the latest developments which saw the Left and the Bahujan Samaj Party teaming up with the third front has given a new hope to the formation, which is preparing to hit hard for the first time by pulling down the government on July 22nd.
After coming out of the shock delivered by the Samajwadi Party, the UNPA convener and Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu managed to strike a chord with the Left and the BSP on a single point strategy of defeating the UPA government’s trust vote. The luncheon meeting hosted by Naidu today, after the SP's desertion, saw participation of the four Left party leaders Prakash Karat, Bardhan, Debbrata Biswas and T. J. Chandrachoodan. The Left also had other leaders like Sitaram Yechury, D Raja, Suravaram Sudhakar Reddy and Abani Roy.
The presence of the BSP chief Mayawati has given a new meaning to the UNPA, who now is seen as the nucleus of the third front.
Remaining UNPA constituents- Indian National Lok Dal represented by Chauthala’s son Ajay Chauthala, Brindavan Goswami of Asom Gana Parishad and Babulal Marandi were also present. National Conference's absence is compensated by the presence of H D Kumaraswamy, son of Deve Gowda, JD(S) Chief.
Though there is no official statement about the arrival of Mayawati into UNPA, her presence beside itself made Naidu formally announce that SP is in no more in their fold. Even the JD(S) has signalled that they would vote against the UPA. “We still have to take a formal decision, but by all probability we would vote against the government,” Kumaraswamy said. Even the RLD leader Ajit Singh declared that they would vote against the trust vote.
Another political end point, which this trio of Left, UNPA and BSP would be looking at, is forming a government in the future with (may be) Mayawati as the PM. Though Naidu said that Mayawati had no pre-conditions set for supporting them on the trust vote issue, it seems Behenji must have hinted at something like the PM’s post if their ties have to be intact (even for future).