"NCP leader Tariq Anwar severed ties with the third front as part of a conspiracy hatched on gesture from Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad," SP national vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda told reporters.

The Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) had yesterday announced that it was quitting the grouping citing 'pro-BJP statements' by SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav. Nanda, accompanied by Bhagwan Singh Kushwaha, leader of Pappu Yadav's Janadhikar Party, a constituent of third
front, alleged that Anwar had been with Lalu Prasad and Nitish Kumar in the grand secular alliance earlier.

Coming down heavily on NCP for pointing accusing fingers at SP chief, Nanda said, "Our leader Mulayam Singh Yadav does not need to take a certificate of secularism from anybody."

"The people of the country knows that Mulayam Singh Yadav never indulged in politics of religion and caste. Our fight is against BJP which is playing a dangerous game in the name of caste and religion," the SP vice president, who is also in-charge of party affairs in Bihar, said.

He came down heavily on NCP general secretary and MP Tariq Anwar, saying, "He had come to join the third front and we had not invited him."

Rubbishing Anwar's comment that the decision was in reaction to Mulayam's purported comment that there was a wave in favour of the BJP and that the saffron party would form the government in the coming days in Bihar, Nanda said,"There is no wave in favour of BJP in Bihar. Our leader Mulayam Singh Yadav never asked anybody to vote for BJP."

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