New Delhi: A day after Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav targetted the Congress again, reactions are now pouring in from the Opposition saying that if Mulayam feels cheated why is he still supporting the Congress. "If the SP feels cheated by the Congress, then they must decide if they want to keep supporting the Congress party and a government run by that same party. It is for Mulayam to take a call," CPI leader D Raja said.
"On behalf of the people of the nation, the BJP would like to know what compromise has been made between the Congress and SP," BJP leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy said.
This came after Mulayam once again raised the pitch for a third front. Speaking at a rally in Etawah on Wednesday, Mulayam said that neither the BJP, nor the Congress can form a government in 2014. He further said that Congress can't be trusted and the chances of a Third Front government are very high.
Sources say that SP leaders are in touch with regional parties like the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Trinamool Congress and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) on, what is speculated, forming a Third Front for the next Lok Sabha elections. The SP chief on Tuesday, while speaking at a rally in Sangli, urged all the like-minded regional parties to come together. His son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has also stated clearly that his party was ready for an October poll.
Sources said Mulayam has made up his mind that he wants an early election in 2013. The former chief minister of Uttar Pradesh has been telling his party workers to be ready for the early polls scenario, they added.
While sources said that Mulayam is seriously considering his options and is in touch with other parties, they added that the SP chief's only worry is that both the Left and the DMK may not back his plan as they don't want an early poll.
Meanwhile, the Congress is looking further east, towards Bihar and West Bengal, to ensure that the UPA survives till the 2014 general elections. Sending crucial signals to possible ally Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the Centre is likely to review backward criteria for states which will meet the demands of Bihar, according to sources. In a bid to reach out to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Finance Commission may give relief to debt-ridden states like West Bengal, according to sources.
This is how Manmohan Singh's UPA stands currently:
Total - 539
UPA - 232
Half-way mark - 270
Congress - 202
NCP - 9
Others - 21
Outside Support - 49
TMC - 19