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Secular friends to AGP aid

Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh and Jaya Prada, were in the state to support AGP. Digambar Patowary reports.

india Updated: Apr 08, 2006 12:30 IST

It is a strange equation, but politicians see the gains.

TDP president and former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu and Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav said the polls in Assam and Tamil Nadu would be the launch pad for the proposed third front.

TDP and Samajwadi heavyweights, including Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh and Jaya Prada, were in the state to throw their weight behind AGP.

"If AGP forms a government in Assam, it will have a major impact on national politics. Post-election, the country will see a third force," Mulayam said.

Reacting to the office of profit developments at the Centre, the UP chief minister accused the Congress of playing dirty. "In UP, they are working against us. But it will backfire," he warned.

Naidu, another third front proponent, was more vocal. He said the regional political parties would have a greater role to play.

"There is need for the creation of a secular, democratic front in the country's politics. Regional parties should come together," Naidu said.

He said five political parties — AIADMK, SP, TDP, AGP and National Conference (NC) — were a coordinated lot in Parliament. Lashing out at Sonia Gandhi and the Congress, he said it had sold itself to the US.

"Iran was a friend. By supporting US on the Iran nuclear issue, India had betrayed it."

Meanwhile, the SP, along with eight parties, all minor players in Tamil Nadu politics, on Friday floated the Social Justice Front to contest the May 8 polls in Tamil Nadu. It will contest 177 seats.

First Published: Apr 08, 2006 12:30 IST