Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday indicated strong prospects for a secular ‘third force’ in the 2014 general elections and rejected any support from the BJP if the ‘force’ required to complete the numbers to form the government at the Centre.
Yadav told HT that there was a possibility of a pro-youth, pro-farmer ‘third force’ of the like-minded parties but didn’t detail whether the force would be led by the Samajwadi Party, which already has 22 members of parliament in the 15th Lok Sabha—the third strong contender at the centre in terms of the number of MPs after BJP (with 118) and the Congress (with 203).
“I have been to Madhya Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu and we all want an alliance. They are watching UP with a keen interest,” he said and added, “But, much would depend on the numbers. I can only say that the SP will play a major role.”
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Political observers, however, opine that nothing can be said till the complexion of the third force is made public. But, one thing is clear that the prospective third force will have strong anti-BJP allies—those who detest the rise of Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi and also dislike sidelining of BJP veteran Lal Krishna Advani, besides the party’s communal tag.
Reacting to the surveys predicting major gains for the Bharatiya Janata Party in the Lok Sabha elections, he said, “People will vote for development and not fall into the trap of communal forces.”
Highlighting his father Mulayam Singh Yadav’s role as a national leader, he said, “We all are determined to see him walk into Lok Sabha with a big chunk of MPs.”