In keeping with his latest strategy of keeping the UPA government guessing about his next step, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav breathed fire against the Congress on Friday even as he ruled out withdrawing of support.
As the support of the 22-MP-strong Samajwadi Party is crucial for the UPA’s survival after the exit of the DMK on March 19 — the biggest UPA constituent since the TMC pulled out in September 2012 — Yadav has been increasingly restive. In an interview to CNN IBN on Friday, he dubbed the Congress-led government as “deeply marred by scams” and completing “four years full of corruption”.
He was responding to PM Manmohan Singh’s statement on Thursday: “Coalitions raise issues that give the impression that the government may not be stable. I cannot deny that such possibilities don’t exist.”
Yadav on Friday insisted that the next general elections would happen this year itself — may be in November — and a spontaneously formed Third Front government would come to power.
The DMK and the TMC, meanwhile, turned up the heat on the UPA, with the DMK rejecting the possibility of supporting the government from outside and the TMC demanding the PM’s resignation as his government had “lost majority” in the Lok Sabha. The government’s efforts to keep its biggest ally in good humour continue. Finance minister P Chidambaram went to Lucknow on Friday to inaugurate 300 bank branches and promised all help for the state’s development.
“I assure chief minister Akhilesh Yadav and “Netaji” (Mulayam Singh Yadav) that the Centre is committed to the UP government in the development of the state,” he said.
Earlier, Yadav said citing “political compulsions” as the reason for continuing his support to the UPA: “We have been fighting against the communal forces.” Akhilesh also said on Friday: "We are supporting the UPA government to keep the communal forces out of power."
Observers, however, feel that Yadav is under pressure as his arch rival in UP, BSP chief Mayawati, had already her stance that she would support the UPA to keep the communal forces at bay. So, withdrawing support from the UPA government may pitch Yadav in a secular versus communal tussle.