Kolkata: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Thursday predicted that the General Elections could take place before 2014, while ruling out any efforts to form a Third Front.
Addressing the press here after the conclusion of SP’s national executive, Mulayam said no deliberations were underway to cobble together a Third Front, adding talks on the same would take place only after the polls.
Mulayam ruled out he was a Prime Ministerial candidate, but added that “when Deve Gowda-led JDS can lead the government, then SP also can”.
“We will surprise everyone with the number of seats we will win in 2014 polls,” he said in response to a question.
Responding to another question, Mulayam said he hasn’t held talks with the Left parties and the same would happen after the elections are held.
The SP will maintain good ties with all like-minded parties, he however added.
The SP chief said if the present situation is taken into account, there are chances that the Lok Sabha polls, scheduled for 2014, could take place much before that.
He was apparently referring to the crisis-ridden UPA government, which is embroiled in a number of scams.
He further said a decision on forming a coalition in West Bengal would be taken only at the time of elections.
Mulayam said Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee was like her choti behan (younger sister), adding he has always maintained good ties with her.
“I respect her style of governance... I have never had bitterness with her,” the SP supremo said.
Hitting out at the Congress and BJP, Mulayam said both parties have failed and are weak.
He however said, in response to a question, that Rahul Gandhi was doing well as a politician and wished him good luck.
Mulayam said his party would not contest elections in Rae Bareli, as the Congress had withdrawn from the race in Kannauj, from where his daughter-in-law and Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple was elected to Parliament.
Speaking on the imminent fuel price hike, Mulayam said his party will oppose the diesel price hike as it will badly hit farmers.