SP's mega show looks like a rallying point for 'grand alliance'
Lucknow: The possibilities of a 'grand alliance' ahead of Uttar Pradesh assembly elections brightened on the eve of silver jubilee function of Samajwadi Party here when a galaxy of senior leaders had a meeting with party Supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav while RJD Chief Lalu Prasad Yadav and Sharad Yadav speaking in its favour.
Reposing full confidence in SP president Mulayam Singh Yadav, the former Bihar Chief Minister did some plain talking saying ''we have come here to attend SP function to further strengthen it and will do what Mulayam desires.''
The statement of Lalu gains importance as he adds '' we will drive Bharatiya Janata Party out of Uttar Pradesh like we did in Bihar.'' The message was clear because the Nitish-led government in Bihar was resultant of the 'grand alliance' of Non-bjp parties before assembly polls there.
Janata Dal (U) leader Sharad Yadav echoed the same views saying the decision of Mulaym Singh Yadav would be final on the issue of grand alliance. He was also forthcoming on the issue when asked as he said '' we have always maintained good relations with the Samajwadi Party . Beside Lalu and Sharad yadav, some of the prominent leaders excluding those of Congress were invited to the mega show of SP ,Janata Dal (S) leader H D Devegowda,Rashtriya Lok Dal President Ajit Singh and Ram Jethmalani being the special invitees at the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the SP taking place at Janeshwar Mishra Park in Lucknow on Saturday.
The party sources said that preliminary talks with regards to 'grand alliance' have already taken place. The leaders will sit again tomorrow after the event. SP State President Shivpal Singh Yadav had already met Ajit Singh in this connection.