Kolkata: The Samajwadi Party has directly attacked Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi saying he was unfit to lead the country. "Rahul Gandhi lacks the ability to run the country. He has not been able to rise up to the challenge," Samajwadi Party General Secretary Mohan Singh said.
When asked about the party's Prime Ministerial candidate, Mohan Singh said, "We will not name our PM candidate before the Third Front is formed."
The Samajwadi Party is also making a strong pitch for a Third Front, but have now ruled out the inclusion of the Trinamool Congress in a non-Congress, non-BJP front.
Samajwadi Party leader Mohan Singh also ruled out the inclusion of the Trinamool Congress in the Third Front.
Mohan Singh has said that while the Trinamool is a major regional party, but the SP's alliance is with the Left Front.
"At our time of difficulty, Harkishan Surjeet and Jyoti Basu supported us," Mohan Singh said.
Earlier on Wednesday, Samajawadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav warned the UPA as well as the NDA that they would not be able to form the next government at the Centre without the support of smaller parties which are not part of their alliances. Making a pitch for a non-UPA, non-NDA Third Front, Mulayam urged his party workers to get ready for a larger role at the national level.
"The UPA is to be blamed for the economic turmoil in the country. And BJP as a party can never grow now. So now the Samajwadi Party has to take larger responsibility and take the nation forward," claimed Mulayam at his party's national executive in Kolkata, bastion of Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee who is a part of the Congress-led UPA.
"Samajawadi Party has to come up to the expectations of the people. We have to fulfill our commitments to the people. I appeal to all the party leaders to fufill the promises made in the party's election manifesto," said Mulayam.
Targeting the Congress-led UPA over coal block allocations and corruption, the SP chief said that Congress's reputation has been tarnished throughout the country due to a number of scams.
Mulayam added that his party's responsibility is not confined to Uttar Pradesh, signalling that he is once again preparing to get in touch with non-UPA, non-NDA parties.
The leader also said that his party is with all sections of the society. "We need to make the Samajwadi Party strong in other parts of the country."
In a stinging criticism of the government and playing the minority card, Mulayam asked, "Why didn't the UPA government accept the recommendations of Sachar Committee?"