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Mulayam link to make George a lone ranger

IT WILL be ?ekla chalo? for senior JD (U) leader and former Defence Minister George Fernandes if he decides to share platform with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. For the State unit has refused to tow his line.

india Updated: Jun 29, 2006 00:48 IST

IT WILL be ‘ekla chalo’ for senior JD (U) leader and former Defence Minister George Fernandes if he decides to share platform with Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav. For the State unit has refused to tow his line.

JD (U) State unit leaders said our national leadership has already decided to launch massive movement against the State Government. Recently, JD (U) national president Sharad Yadav, Chief Minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar, along with Apna Dal leader Sone Lal Patel addressed rallies in Mirzapur, Jaunpur and Varanasi.

“They have given a call to oust the State Government and we stand with the words of our leaders. JD (U) has already decided to organise dharna and demonstrations at all district headquarters to highlight the misdeeds of the Samajwadi Party government”, they said.

State JD (U) president Suresh Niranjan alleged that by inviting George Fernandes in his programme the SP chief was trying to create confusion in the opposition rank. But we have understood the design of Samajwadi Party and will continue to maintain distance from them even if George shares the platform with Yadav, he said.

“George is an old socialist leader and in the name of Jai Prakash Narain, Ram Manohar Lohia and MISA prisoners, Mulayam invited him to flash his proximity with the JD (U) leader. It was just George on a personal visit and it had nothing to do with the political stand of the State unit”, another JD (U) leader said.

Reacting to the statement of Fernandes that time was ripe for formation of a third front, the JD (U) leader said he (George) had given the statement in the national context. Opposition political parties have criticised the economic policy of the UPA government. Talks are on with like-minded political parties for formation of a third front and present it as an alternative to UPA.

“That doe not mean we are going to share platform with Mulayam,” said Niranjan and added that the State unit will brief George about the anti-people policies of the Samajwadi Party government. “We will never dilute our movement against the State Government”, he added.