Taking a different line from his allies Lalu Prasad and Ram Vilas Paswan, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Sunday said it was not binding on his party to help install a Congress government at the Centre.
“It is not binding on SP to install a Congress government at the Centre”, Yadav said while addressing an election meeting in Ballia in support of SP candidate Neeraj Shekhar.
Accusing the Congress of having ditched the SP, Yadav said his party was not obliged to support it.
The SP chief also said he was aware that the Congress was going to ditch him when he supported the UPA on the nuclear deal issue.
“While supporting the UPA government on the nuclear deal issue, I was aware that Congress was going to ditch me. We were giving 17 seats to them (Congress) but it was not acceptable to them and our alliance could not materilise”, he said.
Lalu and Paswan, the other two members of the triumvirate apart from Yadav called the “fourth front”, had recently backed Manmohan Singh as the next Prime Minister.
Lashing out at Mayawati, Yadav alleged that she had amassed wealth worth over Rs 3000 crore.
Addressing the rally SP Vice President Janeshwar Mishra said if voted to power at the Centre their government would send Mayawati to jail within a month after inquiring into her assets.
He said if the “fourt front” won over 100 seats, Yadav would become the next Prime Minister of the country.