New Delhi: After the DMK pullout, the Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has signalled at pulling the plug soon on the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. SP 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, sources said. Mulayam is likely to hold a big rally after Holi and will make his intentions clear, they added.
Speaking at a rally in Sangli in Maharashtra on Sunday, Mulayam said that the time for a single-party government is over and all the like-minded parties must come together.
Mulayam has deputed party leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Naresh Agarwal to be in touch with the BJD, Trinamool, DMK, RLD, RJD and the AGP, according to the sources. "People of this country don't like the Congress and the BJP and people are looking for alternative. SP will have an important role in the government, which will be formed after Lok Sabha elections. SP can form a government with all secular parties. Mulayam Singh will be next Prime Minister of India," said Ram Chandra Kushwaha, an SP leader.
Sources in the Samajwadi Party indicate that one of the options before it is to precipitate a crisis is the Finance Bill, which comes up for vote in the second week of May. If the government fails to pass the Bill, it will fall and there will be no need for a no-confidence motion.
"In the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, there is 99.9 per cent chance of non-BJP and non-Congress government to be installed. There is no doubt in that," said JD(S) leader Danish Ali.
Mulayam is seriously considering his options and is in touch with other parties, sources added. His only worry is that both the Left and the DMK may not back his plan as they don't want an early poll.
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
Meanwhile, the National Congress Party (NCP) responded to Mulayam and said Indian politics is witnessing a fundamental shift. "Era of coalition govt has began. Different parties with common understanding and a program will come together to form the government and political formation," NCP general secretary DP Tripathi said.
But not everyone is hopeful of a third front government. Congress leader Digvijaya Singh brushed away Mulayam's threat, terming it as a "propaganda" of the regional parties. He added that this was not the first time that the SP chief threatened to topple the government.
Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Rasheed Masood said the Third Front does not even exist and that there no possibility of forming a government without the NDA or the UPA's support.
However, it does not seem like the SP is keen on reaching out to the BJP either. "Just because I said that there is no leader like Vajpayee, does not mean the SP will become the BJP's ally. There is no possibility of that ever happening," SP leader Ram Gopal Yadav said.
Meanwhile, the JD(U) leader Devesh Chandra Thakur said, "I do not think that under any circumstances a third front can form a government at the Centre. That is a far-fetched notion and a tactic being employed by politicians. I think NDA will win in 2014".
Earlier, the Karunanidhi-led DMK withdrew from the UPA government over the ethnic Sri Lankan Tamils issue. However, the government remained in power, hinging on the support of regional parties like the SP and Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).