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SP will be kingmaker in 2014, says Mulayam

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is looking at playing kingmaker again, after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. HT reports. Govt directionless: SP chief video-icon

kolkata Updated: Sep 13, 2012 00:13 IST
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Hindustan Times
Kolkata,Samajwadi Party,2014 Lok Sabha polls

Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav is looking at playing kingmaker again, after the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Addressing the party's national executive committee on Wednesday, Yadav said, "We will have to move into a decision-making role in the capital".

"We should ensure no government can come to New Delhi without SP," Yadav said.

The SP also revived talks of Third Front, but labeled the Left as it traditional ally while admitting all was not well with the Trinamool Congress.

"We are looking forward to a non-UPA, non-NDA front. We have started talking to like-minded parties. The seeds of a new front were planted during the dharna we had in Parliament with TDP and Left parties," said SP general secretary Mohan Singh on the sidelines of the meeting.

Later in the day, however, UP chief minister and Yadav's son Akhilesh met West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee.

Though both chief ministers called it a courtesy visit and exchanged information about 'government schemes', sources in SP said, in the 45-minute meeting the SP leader had tried to explain his position.

The SP and Trinamool chief's came close on June 14 this year when they jointly rejected Pranab Mukherjee as the presidential candidate and forwarded three fresh names.

However, Mulayam did a volte-face shortly and sided with the Congress, leaving Banerjee in the lurch. Later, Banerjee supported Mukherjee, but with a "heavy heart".

Exhorting party workers to help SP go national, Yadav said SP general secretary Kiranmoy Nanda had promised him that the party would open its account in Bengal in 2014.

"We will spread our party from Bengal to Punjab and send a large number of MPs to the Lok Sabha," he said.

Asking his leaders to focus on 2-3 districts in every state, Yadav stressed on good governance in Uttar Pradesh to increase its count of MPs from the state.

"We have a clear majority and more. I urge the government to deliver on its promises," he said.

Echoing his leader at a press conference after the meet, Singh said, "We would not ally with any big party. The opposition is nowhere in UP."

First Published: Sep 12, 2012 12:01 IST