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SP to keep equidistance from Cong, BJP

Stepping up its rhetoric against Congress ahead of the Assembly polls next year, Samajwadi Party today 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.

india Updated: Oct 15, 2006 01:11 IST
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Stepping up its rhetoric against Congress ahead of the Assembly polls next year, Samajwadi Party today 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 the his party.

He said the meeting, chaired by party supremo and UP CM 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.

Asked whether SP would go it alone in the UP polls, Singh evaded a direct reply saying everything will be done in the spirit of giving and taking support. To a question, Singh ruled out any truck with BJP saying it was not possible till the time the saffron party espoused the Ayodhya issue, uniform civil code and artile 370.

The SP leader also lashed out at the Bahujan Samaj Party charging it with not showing any respect to democratic values and said BSP had hobnobbed with communal forces for the sake of power.

Referring to the country's internal security scenario, Singh described the situation as "dangerous" and cited instances of recent terrorist attacks in different places. SP, however, has declared its "full support" to the Government in its fight against terror, he said.

With next year's UP assembly elections in mind, the SP sought to wean away Dalits from the BSP fold by sending a message that Mayawati's party was trying to "use" the strength of the downtrodden sections of the society for its own gains and said that the poor have recognised BSP's "bluff". The SP took the opportunity to tell Dalits that in the post-Kanshiram period, they had no choice but to support SP, which alone is their well wisher.