BJD, AGP give a miss to crucial Third Front meet

The idea of Third Front was conceptualised to corner Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress considering the Lok Sabha election. But the absence of BJD and AGP from Tuesday’s meeting shows that the actual purpose of the Third Front is going towards a failure.

However, other top leaders, including Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar, former prime minister HD Deve Gowda, SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav, JD-U chief Sharad Yadav, veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan, CPM leaders Prakash Karat and Sitaram Yechury, CPI’s Sudhakar Reddy, and Manpreet Badal were present at the meet.

The Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (Prajatantrik) president Babulal Marandi was not present in the meeting but has sent one MP to attend the meeting. Sources said nothing concrete has came out in the meeting except that soon they will hold public gathering across the nation for an alternate Third Front for good governance in the country.

Earlier, on 5 February, these 11 political parties came together and expressed their common views on pro-people, anti-communal and federal agenda in the Parliament, which was seen as a possible coalition for a Third Front. ‘Therefore it was necessary for us to sit for a meeting to plan our next course of action,’ a Forward Bloc source said.

‘I wish for a positive outcome in our next meeting. A clear picture on the future of Third Front will be clear only after a few more meetings,’ Forward Bloc source said.

On the context of its prime ministerial candidate, he said, ‘It will be decided after the election.’
Pushing further the efforts to firm up a Third Front, top leaders of Left, AIADMK, Samajwadi Party, Janata Dal (United) and JD(S) met here on Tuesday to chalk out a common charter of programmes.

Speaking after the meeting, CPI (M) leader Prakash Karat said 11 parties will work together to defeat the UPA and stop the BJP from coming to power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. ‘BJP’s policies are same as that of the Congress and we will present the third alternative,’ he said.

However, with the much hyped meeting, the Left parties are extra cautious considering the mistakes they have committed in 2009 when their announcement of a pre-poll alliance for an alternative government backfired.
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