New Delhi: Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh has ruled out the possibility of his party joining the Third Front. He said with CPI-(M) leader Prakash Karat at its helm, he saw no such hope.

“Had comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet been the general secretary of the CPI(M), then I would have seen some hope in this possibility as he differentiated between personal and political differences. But with Prakash Karat being at the helm, I see no such hope now,” Mr. Singh told reporters here. He was replying to a question if there was a possibility of the SP joining the Third Front if the Mayawati-led BSP walked out of the alliance. “Recently, I wanted to meet Karat on a very personal issue. He refused to meet me claiming that I was with the Congress.”

Mr. Singh said the media highlighted “my reported insult” at a dinner meeting at Sonia Gandhi’s residence.

Left leaders

“I do not know whether I was invited there. Left leaders took me with them. My treatment there was their responsibility. Had the Left parties defended us then, the SP would not have remained isolated ... they did not bother about our reported insult and continued with their support to Congress,” he said. — PTI