Mulayam not part of Mamata`s federal front plan
After being ditched once before, Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has no plans to ally with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav.
Zee Media Bureau
Kolkata: After being ditched once before, Trinamool Congress supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has no plans to ally with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in the proposed formation of a federal front, or third front, to take on the Congress and the BJP at the Centre.
Sources said Mamata has not forgotten last year`s Presidential Elections when Mulayam initially announced support for APJ Abdul Kalam at a joint press conference with Mamata, but later changed his stance and voted in favour of Congress candidate Pranab Mukherjee.
Over the past few days, as JD(U) appeared to be drifting away from the BJP-led NDA, Mamata has held talks with her Bihar and Odisha counterparts, Nitish Kumar and Naveen Patnaik respectively, but excluded Mulayam from her scheme of things.
Trinamool MP Sultan Ahmed reportedly said Mulayam`s political image is not clean and that they still haven`t forgotten somersault during the Presidential Elections.
Trinamool observer for Uttar Pradesh Asif Ahmed Khan said Mulayam would not go against the Congress.
As per TMC leaders, the party is trying to woo parties like Janata Dal (Secular), Telugu Desam, YSR Congress, Telengana Rashtra Samiti, Indian National Lok Dal, Bahujan Samaj Party, Assam Gana Parishad and even Dravida Munetra Kazagham (DMK) to come together and form a federal front.