BJP dismisses Mulayam’s Third Front idea
New Delhi: BJP on Friday dismissed Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav's remarks about forming a Third Front saying the idea does not have any relevance in the present Indian polity.
Speaking to reporters here, BJP spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad said there may be much talk of formation of a Third Front these days but past experience shows this proposal has never taken off.
"Mulayam Singh Yadav is talking about a Third Front but it is history. It has no relevance for the present nor any promise for the future," Prasad said.
He sought to drag Congress into the issue, alleging most Third Front formations have stood on the "crutches" of Congress. "The governments headed by H D Deve Gowda and I K Gujral or even the one by Chandrasekhar, if you may call it Third Front, were all supported by Congress," Prasad said.
When pointed out that BJP had supported the V P Singh government from outside, Prasad said it did not have Congress support.
Hitting out at Yadav, BJP said he appears to have realised too late in the day that Congress is "misusing" CBI and Income Tax department as well as the fact that this party "betrays".
"Why does Mulayam Singh then not part ways with Congress"? Prasad said.