KOLKATA: Samajwati Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav today launched a scathing attack on the Congress-led UPA government and took on Rahul Gandhi saying that the Congress general secretary lacked the ability to run the country as very little was heard from him on issues of national interest.
Describing the UPA government as scam-tainted, Mulayam said the ruling party's reputation has tarnished as it is riddled with scandals and it was high time his party took charge.
Addressing the inaugural session of the SP's national executive here, Yadav said that while the Congress was demoralised and neck deep in corruption, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was in a limbo.
"At the centre, there are so many scams. One minister has given coal blocks to his relatives. The day another man became coal minister, he gave coal to relatives. The reputation of the Congress has suffered," said Mulayam.
Mulayam also said he was determined to ensure that no government takes office in New Delhi next without his party's support.
"In the present scenario, the SP has to bear greater responsibility in national politics. The 2014 election will be decisive. You should all make sincere efforts so that we win a good number of seats so that no government can be formed in Delhi without our support," Yadav said.
"We are already in power in Uttar Pradesh. If we come to power at the centre, then our area of influence will be spread all across north India, from Punjab to (West) Bengal," he said.
The SP supremo said the nation was beset with a large number of problems. Unemployment and poverty were on the rise.
"Our borders are under threat. There are a lot of scams. The Congress is a large party but its confidence is shaken. It is unable to do anything for people. With the scams, its image has taken a beating," he said.
SP party general secretary Mohan Singh urged all regional parties opposed to the Congress and the BJP to come together as SP had sowed the seeds for a Third Front.
"We have sown the seeds and now they have to be nurtured," Mohan Singh said, after moving a draft political resolution on the first day of its two-day national executive here.
"We urge all regional parties opposed to the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) and the Congress to forge the new front," he said.
Singh, however, indicated that his party would prefer to forge ties with the Left rather than the Trinamool Congress.
"Trinamool is a prominent regional party. When we speak to other parties, we will be under compulsion to also speak with Trinamool.
Asked if his party would project Mulayam Singh Yadav as the prime ministerial candidate of the third front, Singh said: "If we do so, we will be posing hurdles in the formation of the Third Front. But is there anyone who does not want to be the prime minister?"
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