Mulayam optimist about SP's emergence in Raj

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Lucknowr, Nov 8: Optimistic about success of ongoing efforts for building a third force to offer an alternative to Congress and BJP, Samajwadi Party President and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh Yadav said his party would contest the ensuing Assembly election in Rajasthan on its own.

Mr Yadav told UNI here yesterday our immediate target was to emerge as a force, in new house, capable enough to dictate terms in formation of the new government.

He said that his party had given free hand to its state unit to decide on number of seats to be contested and asked it to put serious and sincere candidates.

He said that the party would soon release its manifesto which would focus on common man's concerns and needs.

He clarified Samajwadi Party's understanding with the Congress was only on lone issue of Indo-US Nuke deal and that did not prevent our party to contest election against Congress in states.

However, if talks for evolving understanding succeeded, the party might consider for an alliance with Congress in Uttar Pradesh for next Lok Sabha election, party General Secretary Ramji Lal Suman added.

Mr Yadav was in the town to sound the bugle for the December 4 polling in the state.

The party had already released a list of 24 candidates for the election and had expressed its resolve to contest around 100 of the total 200 seats.

The party also succeeded in attracting a number of dissidents from Congress and an expelled BJP MLA. Sitting MLA from Sriganganagar Surendra Singh Rathore and former Minister Jagmal Singh Yadav's son Bharat had joined the party yesterday.

Some other prominent leaders, including former Congress Minister Hamida Bano and former Congress MLAs Udai Singh Rathore and Radhey Shyam also met Mr Yadav.


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