Amar: No chance of joining 3rd Front
Samajwadi Party leader Amar Singh on Monday ruled out the possibility of his party joining the Third Front saying with CPI(M) leader Prakash Karat at its helm, he saw no such hope.

"Had comrade Harkishan Singh Surjeet been the general secretary of 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 in New Delhi.

Mr Singh made the remark when asked if there is a possibility of 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. One of his politburo members told reporters that 'Amar Singh wanted to meet, but we refused'," Mr Singh said.

He said the media had highlighted "my reported insult" at a dinner meeting at Sonia Gandhi's residence.
"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 the Congress," he added.