AFTER WINNING over the CPI, the Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA) led by former Prime Minister VP Singh has started talks with the CPM for joining the front against Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav in UP. The CPM, which had supported VP Singh’s Dadari march on June 30, appears to be favourably inclined towards Singh’s proposal.
The response from CPM was encouraging, said a senior JMA leader here today adding that “we have asked them to tell us seats which they want to contest in UP”. He said efforts were on to avoid split of Left Front in UP. The JMA is also confident about Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) coming in its fold. While its entry could be delayed for political reasons, the RLD has already started taking anti-government posturing on public issues. The RLD had condemned police atrocities on farmers in Dadri. RLD chief Ajit Singh said the Mulayam Singh Yadav government acquiring agricultural land in Dadri was inappropriate.
On Muslim front also the JMA is trying to tread cautiously, as it has been assessing the statewide strength of both Maulana Kalbe Jawad-led the People’s Democratic Front and the UP United Democratic Front of Ahmad Bukhari. It has also been carefully avoiding to land into sectarian tussle, which has come to the fore after the formation of the two fronts.
The JMA has also launched a massive drive to wean away leaders from the ruling Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samajwadi Party to widen its base in the state. Before moving the Election Commission for registration of new political outfit “Jan Dal” headed by suspended SP MP Raj Babbar, moves are afoot to constitute district units. In this connection the leaders from Bundelkhand and Central UP assembled here on Sunday to chalk out strategy.
The JMA today also discussed the common minimum programme and a joint manifesto for the next assembly elections. Morcha leader Vinod Singh said presidents in 24 districts had been finalised. He said a large number of district leaders from SP, who were feeling suffocated in the party had joined the morcha.
The morcha today succeeded in weaning away a prominent lawyer and senior SP leader of Orai Yusuf Ishtiyaq, who had been appointed Jan Dal district president. He was SP’s legal cell secretary. The morcha has also started exercise for identifying assembly seats for various constituents. Vinod Singh said after formation of district units, lower level committees would be constituted.