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Amar changes tone, says secular Govt without Sonia impossible

Samajwadi Party national general secretary Amar Singh questioned the secular credentials of the newly-formed Third Front, saying there can be no secular government without Sonia Gandhi.

india Updated: Mar 14, 2009 21:07 IST

Samajwadi Party national general secretary Amar Singh on Saturday questioned the secular credentials of the newly-formed Third Front, saying there can be no secular government without Sonia Gandhi.

"For them (Third Front) being secular and communal is like changing clothes. A secular government without Sonia Gandhi is next to impossible. And this should not be considered as a sycophancy, it is a harsh fact in the country's politics," Singh said, while addressing a convention of SP's youth wings.

Singh said all political parties, who have joined hands to form the Third Front, were at some point of time allies of the BJP, which he accused of being a communal force.

"(N Chandrababu) Naidu, who is one of the Third Front leader, supported the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre for five years.

Why didn't he withdraw support when Gujarat was burning? Similar is the case with Jayalalithaa and (H D) Deve Gowda," he said.

"For Deve Gowda, BJP was not communal when his son was being made the chief minister!" he remarked.

He said that similarly Mayawati-led BSP, which is one of the constituents of the Front, formed the government in Uttar Pradesh with BJP's support thrice.

"Today Mayawati is emerging as a prime ministerial candidate and Deve Gowda has turned secular," he quipped.