THE NATIONALIST Congress Party today urged the Congress to support the Jan Morcha Alliance in the forthcoming Vidhan Sabha elections. The NCP alleged that certain elements in the Jan Morcha Alliance were having soft corner for Mulayam Singh Yadav government and the party would expose them at an appropriate time.
A state level convention of NCP was held at Gandhi Bahwan here today. A resolution passed at the convention flayed the Mulayam government and demanded that Central Para Military Forces (CPMF) be deployed for the Vidhan Sabha poll. Besides, the NCP national general secretaries Tariq Anwar (MP), DP Tripathi, NCP State President Ramesh Dixit, UPCC Vice President Siraj Mehandi, representatives of smaller political parties and groups also attended convention.
Speaking at convention, Ramesh Dixit said the Janmorcha President Raj Babbar had not turned up at the convention despite giving his consent. Some leaders of the Janmorcha stopped Raj Babbar from coming to the convention. This might be because of links of some Janmorcha leaders with Mulayam Singh Yadav government, he said.
Tariq Anwar said efforts were being made to provide a strong political alternative to the people. The Congress had not ruled out the possibilities of joining the alliance, said Anwar, adding, that the NCP proposed to provide a fourth alternative to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party. Contesting the poll independently would make no difference, he said.
Replying to a question, DP Tripathi said efforts were being made to rope in the Congress and the Rashtriya Lok Dal in to the alliance.
The people would have to align with the new alliance to bring development to Uttar Pradesh, he said, adding, the Mulayam Singh Yadav government was giving precious land of farmers to capitalists for a song. Others who spoke on the occasion included the Indian Justice Party leader Udit Raj who said Muslims should vote for the party that took up their issues.
Instead of voting for such a party the Muslims always were interested in keeping the Bharatiya Janata Party away from power, he said. Siraj Mehandi said the NCP President Sharad Pawar had lauded the Congress President Sonia Gandhi as the UPA government had changed the national scenario. Now the situation in UP would also change, he said. Others who spoke on the occasion included National Loktantrik Party leader Mohamamd Arshad Khan, the CPI leader Atul Anjan, Chaudhary Ved Pal and Nihaluddin.