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A dark horse can't be ruled out in 2014, says Ajit Singh

Saturday, 19 October 2013 - 12:34pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: Zee Research Group

Ajit Singh has an uncanny knack of sensing opportunities in politics. No wonder, the US-educated Jat and self-proclaimed kisan leader has aligned with coalitions of all hues. While speaking on Zee Media's Bharat Bhagya Vidhata, Singh talked about politics, Muzaffarnagar riots, society, economy and youth.

What hurts the Third Front the most in today’s India is the lack of a towering pan-Indian leader of Chaudhary Charan Singh or V P Singh’s stature, said Union minister for civil aviation and Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Ajit Singh. While Singh thinks that it is difficult to assemble Third Front due to its inherent contradictions, he didn’t rule out the possibility of a dark horse like H D Deve Gowda or I K Gujral emerging to lead regional parties in the 2014 post-poll scenario. Voters across India, feels the RLD chief, are disenchanted with political parties and their policies.

“There is no hope for a Third Front. That’s because they don’t have a pan-Indian leader like Chaudhary Charan Singh or VP Singh’s stature. Most parties are opposed to each other. Take for instance, Mulayam and Mayawati don’t see eye to eye. How will it work and be assembled?” declared Singh on Zee Media’s Nishane Pe guest anchored by Ashutosh Rana.

While outrightly dismissing the possibility of a Third Front, the civil aviation minister added to political grapevine by not denying the possibility of a non-Congress and non-BJP government at the centre after 2014 elections. 

 “A dark horse like Devegowda or Gujral may emerge after 2014 elections. He could be from non-Congress and non-BJP led front.” On a different question, however, Singh replied that only a BJP or Congress-led coalition can provide stable government.

But, a good part of the discussion focused on Muzaffarnagar riots. The region comes under the RLD sphere of influence and Jat-Muslim combination has received a major setback due to recent riots.

“Muzaffarnagar riots are the result of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s ambition to become the prime minister. He knows the performance of Akhilesh government in the state cannot win him seats.

So he has made a deal with the BJP and other Sangh Parivar outfits to foment trouble in the area and polarise voters,” alleged Singh. Detailing events that led to the riots, the union minister claimed it was a result of meticulous planning between the SP and BJP.

“Look at what happened in Ayodhya with the Koshi Yatra or in Noida. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad is a non-entity in UP. But, Mulayam courted them and gave them space. In Noida, where they dismissed IAS officer, Durgashakti Nagpal, for creating trouble when she was acting against sand mafia. The SP government has turned non-communal events of action against sand mafia and a minor religious observance into these communal confrontations,” he further stressed.

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