Was Mulayam Singh Yadav serious when he said that he might pull the plug on UPA-II heralding early polls in September 2013 for the Manmohan Singh-led government? Or will it all remain in the realm of threat and positing?
Senior journalist Aarti Jerath said that even though its difficult to say whether they would exit the government, Samajwadi Party was clearly positioning itself to withdraw support from the government.
Speaking to Karan Thapar on an evening discussion on CNN-IBN, she said, "Mulayam is not the only one who has talked about the budget session in summer. Budget session will be the last session. Mayawati said the same thing to her party," adding that both the parties might be considering an exit road map in their strategies.
But this strategy of positioning for early polls could also end up hurting the electoral prospects of the Samajwadi Party in the Lok Sabha polls - given that the performance of the UP government led by Akhilesh Yadav has not been up to the mark.
"The general law and order situation has not improved in Uttar Pradesh, which the upper castes are quite concerned about. That is because they had rested their faith in the Samajwadi Party. And the other is the communal front where the Muslim community is feeling particularly peeved that a man they considered their saviour has allowed as many as nine communal riots to take place when they were in power," Jerath said.
According to her, it was only in Mulayam Singh's favour to go for early elections as they could caiptalise on the momentum that they had gained in the UP state election after getting 224 seats. "However, the problem for Mulayam is, if he exits, can he ensure the fall of the Manmohan Singh government?"