Mulayam hopeful of cobbling an alternative to NDA

PTI | ByPress Trust of India, Safai (uttar Pradesh)
May 05, 2004 11:29 AM IST

Ruling out his support to BJP to form a Govt, Mulayam has said an alternative to it will be cobbled with the support of some of the NDA constituents.

Samajwadi Party Chief and UP Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday ruled out extending support to BJP to form the next Government at the Centre.

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He added that an 'alternative' to it will be cobbled with the support of some of the NDA constituents like TDP.

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"SP was formed to fight communal forces and to say that we will join them (BJP - after polls) will be compromising on our principles. SP cannot support communal and fascist forces," he told reporters after casting his vote in Safai.

Yadav claimed BJP will not get enough seats to form Government at the Centre and that his party will cobble a majority with the support of NDA constituents like TDP supremo Chandrababu Naidu.

"Naidu is there... We have a lot of support in NDA. We will talk to all of them (to form an alternative Government)," he said but did not say what role Congress will have in such an alliance.

"I have said small parties can come together (to form a third front). SP will enlist support of all parties opposed to communalism," he said.

He, however, added that he was not a contender for the prime ministership. "I am not a PM candidate as of now."

"Samajwadi Party will get enough seats to play an important role in formation of the Government in New Delhi," he said

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