India needs a Third Front, says Mulayam

June 6th, 2008 - 11:02 am ICT by IANS  

A file-photo of Bahujan Samaj Party

Lucknow, June 6 (IANS) Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav has stated that the need of the hour was a Third Front as an alternative to the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Yadav told IANS here that the common man had suffered under both the BJP-led and Congress-led regimes. “Price rise is one concrete instance of this,” he said.

He laughed when asked about continuing speculation of his Samajwadi Party and the Congress coming closer after years of bitter rivalry.

“Aren’t you tired of this question?” he asked.

Pressed further, he spoke instead of the United National Progressive Alliance (UNPA), a conglomeration of regional parties that he heads. “We are part of the UNPA and there are no two opinions about it.”

He parried a question if the UNPA could stand on its own vis-

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