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U.P. poll results will change national equations: Mulayam

Monday 9 April 2007, by KHAN*Atiq

Naidu, Chautala address Samajwadi Party rally; Jayalalithaa absent

Jayalalithaa absent at rally Results will seal the fate of UPA Government: Natwar

BAREILLY: Hopes of formation of a Third Front was revived at a rally of the Samajwadi Party here with the party’s success in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections holding the key to the formation of a viable alternative at the Centre, comprising of like-minded parties. It was stressed that the Assembly polls had a national perspective.

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IN SUPPORT OF MULAYAM: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh, TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu, SP leader Amar Singh, Karnataka SP leader S. Bangarappa, the former Haryana Chief Minister, Om Prakash Chautala, the former External Affairs Minister, Natwar Singh, and others at a rally in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, on Sunday.

Sunday’s rally assumed significance in the sense that all leading votaries of the Third Front — the former Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Haryana, (Chandrababu Naidu, S. Bangarappa, and Om Prakash Chautala respectively) — shared the dais with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh. AIADMK chief and the former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Jayalalithaa, who was scheduled to attend the meeting, did not turn up. Samajwadi Party general secretary Amar Singh read out Ms. Jayalalithaa’s message, which said she would attend the next rally in Allahabad.

Addressing the meeting on the Islamia Inter College Ground, Mr. Singh said results of the Assembly elections would change the political equations in the country. Himself a strong supporter of the Third Front, Mr. Singh said in this context a huge responsibility rested on the people and the party workers.

He said the outcome of the elections would have a bearing on national politics. Hinting at the formation of the Third Front, Mr. Singh chose the Rohilla territory (from Rohilkhand region) to spell out his political options. Though the Congress party’s presence here has been negligible, Rohilkhand has been considered a Bharatiya Janata Party stronghold. Significantly, the Third Front would comprise non-Congress and non-BJP parties.

Mr. Naidu, in his address read out in Hindi, said the TDP and like-minded parties were not only striving for SP’s success in the polls but were also trying to change the face of the country. He said the verdict in favour of the SP would mean the beginning of a new phase in politics.

Mr. Naidu assailed the Congress for its sham secularism and ridiculed Rahul Gandhi for his recent statement on the Babri Masjid demolition. Besides, he slammed the BJP for trying to divide society on religious lines.

``People annoyed’’

Stating that the people were annoyed with the BJP and the Congress, Mr. Chautala said the U.P. elections were crucial as they would write the course of India’s politics.

Attacking the UPA Government, he said it was ignorant about the problems of the people as policies were made in drawing rooms.

Mr. Bangarappa, an MP of the Samajwadi Party, urged the Left parties to give a serious thought to the formation of an alternative at the national level. He said though the focus in the elections was State issues its national importance could not be missed. The UPA Government at the Centre was unstable and the verdict in favour of the SP would have a bearing on national politics.

Suspended Congress MP and the former External Affairs Minister, K. Natwar Singh, said the outcome of the U.P. polls would seal the fate of the UPA Government, which he added, should be thrown out of power.

He said if the Government were to go Manmohan Singh would cease to be Prime Minister. The U.P. elections would decide India’s preferences, and who would be the next President.

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