In positive signals for the United Progressive Alliance [ Images ], the Samajwadi Party today said it will not support any National Democratic Alliance Presidential candidate and did not want mid-term elections.
Senior Samajwadi Party leaders Ram Gopal Yadav and Mohan Singh, speaking separately, gave ample indications that their party has second thoughts on teaming up with Trinamool Congress [ Images ] to turn the Presidential race into a troublesome affair for UPA.
Singh said his party was with UPA as it was 'led by secular forces'. "It is our duty to tell Mamata Banerjee [ Images ] that the country is in great crisis and any move to destabilise the government is not fair".
"At this stage, when the country is facing a serious financial crisis, making any attempt to destabilise the government and creating political instability will be hurtful to the nation," Singh, who is SP Vice President, told PTI.
Singh said the SP will never support NDA's candidate in the Presidential poll. "How could we support NDA led by BJP and communal forces...How can NDA be a secular force as long as Narendra Modi [ Images ] is there?"
Speaking separately to reporters, Ram Gopal Yadav sang a similar tune.
"Neither will we join the government (at the Centre) nor do we favour mid-term polls. We never want mid-term polls as people face unwanted financial pressure," the SP general secretary said.
Cracks have developed between the two parties and this was also evident in Agra [ Images ] where SP Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav [ Images ] appeared to leave vague the issue of backing the candidature of APJ Abdul Kalam [ Images ], proposed jointly by him and Banerjee.
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