Kolkata:  Urging all regional parties opposed to the Congress and the BJP to come together, the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Wednesday said it had sowed the seeds for a Third Front.

"We have sown the seeds and now they have to be nurtured," party general secretary Mohan Singh said, after moving a draft political resolution on the first day of its two-day national executive here.

"We urge all regional parties opposed to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the Congress to forge the new front," he said.

Singh, however, indicated that his party would prefer to forge ties with the Left rather than the Trinamool Congress.

"Trinamool is a prominent regional party. When we speak to other parties, we will be under compulsion to also speak with Trinamool.

"But the problem is that we have a traditional relation with the Left. During tough times, we have got support from Harkishan Singh Surjeet and Jyoti Basu," Singh said.

Asked if his party would project Mulayam Singh Yadav as the prime ministerial candidate of the third front, Singh said: "If we do so, we will be posing hurdles in the formation of the Third Front. But is there anyone who does not want to be the Prime Minister?

"He was asked why his party so often came to the rescue of the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance?

Singh said the SP was guided by two considerations: a poor country like India cannot afford repeated elections; and there was need to keep communal forces like the BJP out of power.

Singh said regional parties had a strong presence in certain pockets, but had been unable, until now, to emerge as a strong force at the centre.

"Before the 2014 (Lok Sabha) elections, we hope the regional parties will unite and raise such a campaign pitch that both the Congress and the BJP will be blown away," he said.

SP is in Opposition: Mulayam Singh

In surprising comments, Mulayam Singh Yadav said his Samajwadi Party, a key outside supporter of the UPA government, is in the "opposition" and will fulfil its role in that capacity.
    
In a stinging criticism of the government, he said it was "directionless". "There are so many scams, so much of corruption...we never thought this will happen," he told reporters.
    
"We are in the opposition. But this not does mean that we are against any individual. We are against the policies (of the UPA) which are wrong and they must rectify them," the SP supremo said.
    
"This government is directionless. We have big challenges ahead especially for us who are in the opposition. Where they want to take the country we don't have any idea. We are for principles," Mulayam Singh said.
    
"That is the role of the opposition and we are fulfilling it," he said here.

Referring to the alleged coal scam that held up the entire monsoon session of Parliament, earlier told party workers, "coal scam kahan jake rokega dekhiye (you will see where the coal scam goes). Bahut corruption hai (there is a lot of corruption)."
    
"You can see there is no clear policy and we don't know where they want to take the country. No one can say ... We sit everyday in the Lok Sabha ... We listen ... We are in touch with the government, but there is no direction," he said.
    
Showering praise on Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Mulayam said that she was hard-working and a fighter, though also stubborn.
    
"She has many qualities in her as a result of which she has become the chief minister today," he said. "I respect her. We have spoken to each other several times," Mulayam said.

‘SP will play major role in 2014’

Describing the Congress-led UPA government as "scam-tainted", Yadav said that his party will play a major role in the country after the 2014 election.

Explaining his party's responsibilities in "taking charge" at the Centre, he said, "SP should get enough seats in the Lok Sabha election so that no government can be formed without it".

"If the SP plays a dominant role in Central Government and is also in power we will bring about development of the country," he said at the two-day party national executive meeting here.

Criticising Congress, Yadav said, "The situation has come to such a pass that the Congress is getting mired in controversies and scams. Every day a new scam unfolds. The reputation of the Congress has been tainted throughout the country due to the scams".

Not sparing the BJP, he said, "While Congress is battling scams, the BJP which is trying to take advantage of the situation and trying to sneak back to power, will take the country backward because of its policies and ideology."

Holding that SP ministers were "clean" and each had done "a concrete job", he said, "It is the responsibility of the Samajwadi Party to come forward and take charge (of running the country).

He said that SP should not confine itself to UP alone and should cross the state's borders and go across India. "SP should spread its wings across the country."

Referring to UP, he said, "No political party had believed that SP would be able to come to power in UP. We have not only come to power, we have come to power with a clear verdict."

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is attending the meet which began on Wednesday.

(Agencies)

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