With Uttar Pradesh under its belt and a firm presence in north India, the SP has made a foray down south to test the waters for a Third Front.
On Monday, ahead of his proposed visit to the US, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav took baby steps towards cobbling up a non-Congress, non-BJP, OBC-based political formation. The stage – the annual Vanniyar youth festival organised by a regional political party, Pattali Makkal Katchi.
After inaugurating the festival, Yadav met AIADMK chief and Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa, who has so far maintained a distance from both the Congress and the BJP.
Though he maintained it was a courtesy visit, later, at a press meet, Yadav said, “There must be a Third Front, as the alliances led by the Congress and the BJP have failed ... The parties are not pro-poor and have failed the nation. With your support, Netaji will become the leader. His journey should start from the south.”
On how long the SP would support to the UPA government, Yadav said everyone “knew the relationship” between the SP and Congress. “It is both good and bad,” he quipped, “Good from the SP and bad from the Congress”.