New Delhi: New political equation seems to be emerging in the national politics ahead of general elections due to be held next year. BJP’s arch political rival Samajwadi Party, which has been maintaining a distance from the Saffron Party for over past two decades after Babri Masjid demolition, has signaled to soften its stand on the saffron party.

Samajwadi Party general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav on Wednesday gestured that his party’s outside support to the UPA dispensation should not be taken for granted. He reiterated that given the present political scenario his party would continue to back the Centre.

When asked about his comparative views about present UPA government and previous NDA government, Yadav said that Atal Bihari Vajapyee-led NDA government was much better than present UPA dispensation at the Centre.  
"The style of functioning of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, I would say, was better than this present (UPA) government. I would say NDA's coalition was more cohesive," Ram Gopal Yadav said. "NDA's coalition was led by Vajpayee and he was a big personality. Other leaders in the coalition such as LK Advani are one of the biggest leaders of the country," he said when asked to compare the style of functioning of NDA and UPA coalitions.

Even earlier on February 27, SP Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav had surprised everyone in the Lok Sabha by saying that his party would change its view towards BJP, if it changes its "policy and mindset" towards Muslims and Kashmir. Speaking in the Lower House, SP Chief had said that his party had "no differences" with the BJP on the issues of patriotism, language and border security, but stopped short of reaching out to the main opposition party. “If you change your views about Muslims and Kashmir, we will change our views towards you," Mulayam Singh had said.

In an unusual move, Yadav had also praised BJP supremo Rajnath Singh for speaking about "socialism" in his speech on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address. Yadav had added that Ram Temple issue was a closed chapter and BJP could not raise that issue again.


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