Pow-wows ahead of May 16

NEW DELHI: The Samajwadi Party and (SP) and the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) are ready to do business with the Congress or the Third Front after elections.

SP general secretary Amar Singh said today the Congress would have to make the “first move” if it wants to talk with his party for support. “If the Congress wants to talk to us, then we will see. We will wait for the Congress to make first move towards us,” he said. But the SP leader is willing to talk to the Left Front too — if the Communists are willing to dismiss Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati’s government in Uttar Pradesh. “I am in constant touch with my friend (CPI-M leader) Sitaram Yechury. But if the Third Front wants us they will have to get rid of the BSP (government),’’ he said.

Ram Vilas Paswan, whose party has an election alliance with the SP and the Rashtriya Janata Dal in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, said he is open to working with the Third Front if the UPA doesn’t get a majority in Parliament. Paswan said his alliance with RJD leader Lalu Prasad and SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav was “unbreakable” and they together would take a decision after May 16.