Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav has said supporting the UPA government on the India-US nuclear deal was a mistake and hinted at a revival of the Third Front with the Left parties.
“After the April 27 nationwide strike for which we have given a call with 13 other parties, including the Left, we will sit together again (for discussions),” Yadav said at a news conference here on Saturday.
The SP has 22 MPs in the Lok Sabha and currently supports the UPA government from the outside. If, however, it withdraws support, the Manmohan Singh government will be left with the support of 281 MPs — nine more than the majority mark of 272 in a House of 543 members.
Joining the nationwide strike against the price rise is an indication of the SP veering towards the Left-led camp of non-UPA, non-NDA parties.
Speaking about the protest action, Yadav said the price rise might see an intensification of Maoist activities. “We cannot imagine what will happen when hungry people take to the streets. During the SP government in Uttar Pradesh, we addressed the issues in the regions susceptible to Naxalism,” he said.
Asked if the April 27 strike would affect rail and road traffic, Yadav said, “It is entirely up to the party workers what they want to do to make the strike a success.