JOINING HANDS: The former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, with Bollywood actor Raj Babbar at a press conference to announce the launch of ``Jan Morcha'' in New Delhi on Sunday.
NEW DELHI: The former Prime Minister, V.P. Singh, on Sunday announced the formation of a new outfit `Jan Morcha' headed by suspended Samajwadi Party (SP) Lok Sabha member Raj Babbar.
(Mr. Singh had launched a similarly named party during Rajiv Gandhi's premiership and later merged it with other parties to form the Janata Dal.)
The new Jan Morcha would be the political front of the Kisan Manch launched by Mr. Singh a few years ago. Several smaller parties have extended support to the Jan Morcha that will take up the cause of farmers, labourers, youth and women, Mr. Singh told reporters here.
While Mr. Babbar has been named the national president of the Jan Morcha, Vinod Kumar, national general secretary of the Kisan Manch, would be its convener. Mr. Singh himself is the president of the Kisan Manch.
According to Mr. Singh, the Jan Morcha, in adjustment with like-minded parties, would subsequently participate in elections and its first target would be Uttar Pradesh, slated to go to the polls early next year.
Mr. Singh said the Communist Party of India (M-L) was supporting the cause of his party. Talks with other parties were also on. Rashtriya Lok Dal president Ajit Singh had agreed to be part of the Morcha, but since he was part of Samajwadi Party-led Government in Uttar Pradesh, the stand would have to be reviewed.
The Jan Morcha will have representatives from Lalu Prasad-led Rashtriya Janata Dal, Janwadi Party, Pragatisheel Manav Samaj, Rashtrawadi Samyawadi Party, farmers and others.
Asked if the new party meant he was entering active politics, Mr. Singh said he had been in active politics, but ruled out contesting polls. Mr. Babbar said he would fulfil the responsibility bestowed on him. The Morcha will organise `Dera Daalo, Ghera Daalo' programme in Lucknow on May 29 to protest against the State Government's policies towards these sections of society and increasing lawlessness and corruption.
On his continuing to be MP, Mr. Babbar said he would have quit had he deviated from the Samajwadi Party ideologies. "The others have and they know it. That is why they have not expelled me so far."
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