New Delhi: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has dared the UPA government that he will think of a political alternative if the government does not roll back the diesel price hike and FDI in retail decision.
Speaking during the Bharat Bandh on Thursday, Mulayam said, "If the government does not roll back its decisions, then we will have work to announce an alternative."
CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury also hinted at a Third Front saying non-Congress and non-BJP parties should come together. "It is true that the people need a political alternative based on policies, an attempt is on in this direction. We want non-Congress and non-BJP political parties to come together based on policies to give a political alternative," Yechury said.
CPI(M)'s Prakash Karat also suggested that Mulayam Singh Yadav was the right person to lead a Third-Front-like formation.
Earlier in the day, Mulayam, along with other Left leaders had courted arrest in Delhi during Bharat Bandh. Lashing out at the government, Mulayam said, "Nobody is happy with the government's decisions. They are going to affect everyone adversely."
However, Mulayam stayed away from sharing the stage with BJP at the protest while the Left shared stage with BJP. Smajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh said, "We will never let the BJP come to power."
This comes in the midst of an already struggling government after Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee pulled out of the UPA over fuel price hike and FDI in retail.