The president of Punjab’s ruling Shiromani Akali Dal, Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Sunday ruled out the participation of the party in any third front and reiterated his party’s commitment to continue with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) which, he asserted, would form the next government at the Centre.
Mr. Badal, who is also the Deputy Chief Minister, sought to clarify all speculations about his meeting with Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav in Delhi. He said his family had old relations with the families of Mr. Yadav as well as Om Prakash Chautala, who heads the Indian National Lok Dal. He emphasised that nothing political should be attributed to his meeting with Mr. Yadav, as they used social occasions “to exchange notes.”
Mr. Badal made the clarification while talking to reporters on the sidelines of a function to mark the death anniversary of veteran Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Harkishan Singh Surjeet at Bundala, the latter’s native village in Jalandhar district.
“Third front unlikely”
Mr. Badal said the days of the present government at the Centre were limited, Mr. Badal said people had decided to removed the country’s most corrupt government and bring back the NDA to the helm. There was also no scope for setting up a third front, he added.