Stepping up its rhetoric against Congress ahead of the Assembly polls next year, Samajwadi Party on Saturday accused it of acting with a "revengeful" attitude and declared that it would maintain equidistance from both Congress and BJP while working for a third front for the coming UP Assembly polls.
"There cannot be any ideological understanding with Congress, whose history is steeped in corruption. It is a party that has used minorities for vote bank politics. SP will keep equidistance from both Congress and BJP," SP General Secretary Amar Singh told reporters about the deliberations on the opening day of the two-day National Executive of his party.
He said the meeting, chaired by party supremo and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, discussed threadbare the political and economic resolutions and deliberated on the foreign policy of the UPA Government, which SP supports from outside.
Singh said SP strongly favoured a third front comprising all socialist leaders to take on both Congress and BJP and explained that it supported the Congress-led UPA from outside to keep BJP out of power and the Congress reciprocated the gesture in UP.
The recent meeting between Yadav and George Fernandes, who is feeling isolated in the JD (U), is viewed in the context of formation of the third front as Fernandes has openly declared his support for SP in the UP polls.
Yadav has also called upon leaders believing in socialist ideology to join hands and come together on a single platform.