However, Mulayam Singh Yadav snubbed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today by expressing his unwillingness to create a common cause with the saffron brigade.
After holding a joint demonstration at Jantar Mantar, the leaders of SP, four Left parties, JD(S), TDP and BJD marched to Parliament Street Police Station along with supporters and courted arrest.
Besides Yadav, Karat (CPI-M)and Bardhan (CPI), other prominent leaders who courted arrested included Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Chandrababu Naidu of TDP and Deve Gowda.
"The government has been coming out with policies after policies that affect people of this country. The biggest loser of these policies especially diesel price hike is farmers. Farmers have been put to lot of trouble. We will tour the entire nation and listen to people's grievances and decide our strategy," Yadav said addressing the protesters.
Karat alleged the government came out with the FDI decision to "rob the jobs of traders and give it to companies like Walmart".
"We want to tell the government that its policies on FDI, diesel price hike and PSU disinvestment are wrong. We have to keep this movement alive till the Govt rollbacks these decisions.
"We will fight for this inside and outside Parliament. We will persuade the government to withdraw its decision. I request Mulayam Singh to support us in this fight for the people of the country," he said.
Naidu said the government's policies are "wrong" and the Congress has to understand this. "All these are anti-people decisions and they need to be withdrawn," he added.
A nation-wide bandh has been called by NDA, Left parties and SP against the Centre's decision on FDI in retail, diesel price rise and cap on LPG cylinders.
Left leaders share dais with Gadkari, Joshi
Left leaders Sitaram Yechury and A B Bardhan today shared dais with BJP's Nitin Gadkari and Murli Manohar Joshi at a demonstration against FDI in retail and hike in diesel prices.
The protest was organised by traders' organizations supportive of BJP at Jantar Mantar here.
After attending the protest by traders, Yechury and Bardhan moved towards the demonstration organised jointly by Left parties, SP, JD(S), BJD and TDP as part of the nationwide bandh.
SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, who attended the joint protest by the parties, however did not attend the traders' protest.
Later, Yadav, Left leaders Prakash Karat, Yechury and Bardhan, JD(S) chief H D Deve Gowda and TDP's Chandrababu Naidu courted arrest at Parliament Street Police station.
Good coverage to mulayam ji..i thought Bandh was called by NDA!!!Mulayam and co were and are supporting Congress yet they do all sorts of drama to fool people...These people are after power at ancy cost...giving the fake secularism cry is just an eyewash...If they really care they will have not enjoyed power with congress..they sail in the same boat..enjoy the ride yet jump off when they see the holes...Isn't this called hypocrisy??? And the so called third front, lets be realistic..Left is declining and nobody ca trust Mulayam who even ditched Mamta at the time of presidential elections!!!
The actions of the leftist Parties as well as Mulayam's Party clearly denotes emerging of third alternative. The Party of Shri Kezariwal will be formed on October 2 as the people suffered due to wrong actions of Parties will suely support one part of Anna's group. Both Congress and BJP will be eliminated during the next election as the people fed up with the opportunist political parties will see Anna's group as an alternative.I have noticed that the people generally use their precious franchise in favour of new parties and personalities.The popularity of leftist parties and provincial parties will increase and confirm that the new force will emerge as a new secular alliance as the JDU, BJD will also give cooperation.
Politics is a hard nut and can't be cracked so easily with out money power, and back-up..I bet Kizerwal party will not get more than 10 seats..but he should concentrate now to upset the winning candidates and important power houses of congress...then it will be a good move..