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Presidential polls - SP authorises Mulayam

india Updated: Jun 17, 2007 19:01 IST

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Samajwadi Party on Sunday authorised its chief Mulayam Singh Yadav to finalise the party's stand on the Presidential election.

"The National Executive has authorised party chief Yadav to take a decision on the issue of Presidential election and present its viewpoint at the Third Front meeting at Chennai tomorrow," senior party leader Mohan Singh told reporters.

Though he hoped that Yadav's view will be accepted by other partners at the meeting, he said a decision on the issue would be jointly taken by all the partners of the recently launched Third Front.

The AIADMK, TDP, Samajwadi Party, AGP, INDL, Kerala Congress (T), Jharkhand Vikas Morcha and MDMK recently formed the front to maintain equal distance from both Congress and BJP.

Asked about the party's stand on the issue, senior party leader Amar Singh told reporters that his party was born not only to oppose communal forces but also its eradication from the political scene.

To another question on whether the party was considering an alternative to Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, a likely independent candidate backed by NDA, he said it was not easy to answer such a question at this juncture as a decision on the issue would be jointly taken by Third Front leaders.

Third Front leaders would be meeting at the residence of Jayalalithaa in Chennai on Monday.