The bonhomie between Left Front, especially the CPM, and Samajwadi Party appears to have vanished into thin air. While comrades at Gopalan Bhawan (CPM headquarters) in Delhi have given a clear signal about their disenchantment with the ruling Samajwadi Party, Chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav is reportedly unhappy over their betrayal.
There is a feeling in the SP that CPM had acted in this manner to serve its own political interest at the centre as well as in UP. The Communist Party of India (CPI), which had already joined hands with VP Singh-led Jan Morcha Alliance (JMA), on Thursday expressed satisfaction over the CPM moving away from the SP.
With this Yadav's last month call from the temple town Haridwar for the formation of Third Front has also washed into Ganga.
Yadav had assembled the entire Left Front on the banks of river Gomti last year to take on Congress-led UPA government. Though the rally was basically aimed at forcing the UPA government to support Iran on the nuclear issue, SP tried to give a message of emergence of a united pressure group against the Centre.
However with the Iran N-issue taking a back seat, LF's warmth towards Yadav subsided. The Jan Morcha convenor Raj Babbar subsequently established contact with CPM for the electoral alliance in UP. It is learnt that he has offered to especially campaign for the LF candidates.
Significantly emotive issues have also failed to catch the imagination of the people in the state. First Yadav wanted to mobilize Muslims on the Iran issue. While minority Sh’ites warmly responded to overtures, the majority Sunni community turned drab. Sensing the poor response the SP dumped the issue.
Now it is time for UP Shias to turn hostile to the SP for Yadav's defence of deposed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. While the chief minister has condemned the death punishment to Saddam, Shia clerics, including Yadav's close allies-Dr Kalbe Sadiq and Maulana Kalbe Jawad, have welcomed the Iraqi court judgment.
The SP has now been trying to wriggle out of the situation by quietly sidetracking to issue. With Yadav supporting Saddam, it would be quite difficult for his Shia acolytes to support him in the election. On Mayawati's "Muslims-are-fanatics" statement the SP has now been making desperate attempt to mobilize the community.
Even though the party has bought support of some Mullahs on the issue the community by and large has ignored it.