Mulayam miffed as Jaya sews up pact with CPM

Lucknow/Chennai :  Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh on Monday asserted that no government would be possible at the Centre without the support of his party. He said the SP would play the kingmaker after the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Mulayam miffed as Jaya sews up pact with CPM

The comment came even as the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the AIADMK finalised an alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. The AIADMK has already reached a similar understanding with the CPI with party leader A.  B. Bardhan even anointing J Jayalalithaa as ‘PM’ of the third front.

Together, the AIADMK-Left can be a formidable force in a fractured polity.

Having a dig at the AIADMK-Left alliance, the SP leader, who was earlier a favourite of the late CMP leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet, boasted that UP had 80 seats in the Lok Sabha while Tamil Nadu had just 39.

“Even if she (J. Jayalalithaa) wins all, the number is still half of that in UP and I am pretty sure that youngsters will give us many more seats this time,” he added.

Emerging from a meeting with CPM general secretary Prakash Karat at her Poes Garden residence, Jayalalithaa said: “I am happy to announce that the AIADMK and the CPM have decided to enter into an alliance to face the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections together. And we expect this alliance to be very successful.”

On his part, Karat hoped that the alliance would provide a political alternative at the Centre. “I think it is clear that there are a large number of parties (non-Congress, non-BJP), which have substantial support and strength. This will be reflected in the coming elections,” he said.

However, unlike CPI leader Bardhan who had on Sunday subtly ‘endorsed’ Jayalalithaa’s prospects of emerging as the third front’s Prime Ministerial candidate in the post-poll scenario, Karat was subdued in his reaction to such a possibility. When a journalist posed the question of Jayalalithaa being in the race for Prime Ministership, Karat said, “The issue will be decided after the elections” as the question did not arise now.

Jayalalithaa too chipped in saying it was pointless for any political party to enter into such discussions at this stage.

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