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Mayawati will lead the next Govt at Centre

india Updated: Mar 18, 2009 18:58 IST

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BSP chief Mayawati will be the "unanimous choice" for the post of Prime Minister in the event of non-UPA and non-NDA combine forming a government after the Lok Sabha polls, party's national general secretary Suresh Mane said on Wednesday.

"It is very clear by now that neither the Congress-led UPA nor the BJP-led NDA will be able to muster a majority and the Third Front will play a crucial role in forming the next Government at the Centre. In such an eventuality, Mayawati will be the unanimous choice for the PM's post," BSP national general secretary Suresh Mane told reporters in Kozhikode.

Asked about names of RJD chief Lalu Prasad and NCP supremo Sharad Pawar cropping up for the top post, he said while many leaders from among the UPA constituents were vying for the position, "it is Mayawati who will be the choice if a non-UPA or non-NDA government comes to power, which is likely."

"If Sonia Gandhi and Advani are the centres of power in UPA and NDA, then it is Mayawati who is leading the remaining political parties in the country," Mane claimed.

The BSP was also confident of opening its account in Kerala this time as "the people of the state are desperate to have an alternative to both the Congress-led UDF and CPI(M)-led LDF, he said.

Contesting all the 20 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the BSP was hoping to clinch the Thiruvananthapuram constituency where it had fielded former state minister, Neelalohithadasan Nadar, he added.