Special Correspondent

LUCKNOW: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mulayam Singh on Tuesday dismissed the anti-incumbency factor deciding the outcome of the coming Assembly elections in the State. He said the Samajwadi Party had always accepted challenges and this time round it would be no different.

Reacting to the defeat of the Congress in Uttarakhand and Punjab, Mr. Mulayam Singh told reporters that only the non-BJP and non-Congress political forces were capable of taking on the communal and sectarian parties.

He said the Congress leadership concentrated its energy and time in seeking the dismissal of the Uttar Pradesh Government instead of devoting its time to the elections in the two States. By constantly demanding the dismissal of the Samajwadi Party Government, the Congress actually helped the BJP's cause.

The Congress cannot stop the BJP, he said. It will meet the same fate in Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh.

Mr. Singh advocated the formation of a front comprising anti-BJP and anti-Congress forces.