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Formation of Third Front a failed idea: BJP

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said any talk of the Third Front is an exercise in futility and such governments are ‘detrimental to governance’.

Lashing out at the participants of Wednesday’s convention against communalism, he said none of them was concerned over corruption of the ruling Congress or threats to security emerging from terrorist incidents and also not critical of the mismanagement of the country’s economy.

‘The conference was not in tandem with strong public opinion where there is a sense of revulsion against the present government on account of the serious corruption scandals. There is a complete disillusionment with the leadership of the UPA’, he added.

‘... The convention made no critical comments to any of these. The conference ostensibly of opposition parties refrained from hitting out at an unpopular government. Instead of attacking the incumbent it sought to challenge the challenger. This is the indirect strategy of helping the UPA,’ he said in an article.

Jaitley said the country today needs a decisive and inspirational government as a stable government can only be anchored by a national party with a reasonable legislative strength.
Attacking the parties seeking to unite, the BJP leader said their participation in the conference was a part of their new strategy to re-position themselves.

He said such parties, some of whom have shared power with BJP in the past, adopt two old strategies - of opposing BJP on principle of anti-communalism and supporting it on principle of ‘anti-Congressism’.

‘There are two old strategies available to some of these political parties. They oppose the BJP on the principle of anti-communalism. They support the BJP on the principle of anti-Congressism. It doesn’t take them very long to decide as to what the current principle is,’ Jaitley said hitting out at the other parties.

He said Wednesday’s conference calls for a ‘dispassionate analysis’ as none of the participants was concerned with corruption of the Congress and not critical for mismanagement of the economy.

‘They were not concerned with the threats to security emerging from incidents of terrorism,’ he said.
Posing a query on who will anchor the proposed Third Front, Jaitley said no single group in it can hope to win even 25-30 seats in the Lok Sabha.

‘An unstable anchor can never provide a stable government particularly at a moment when people want stability in governance to rebuild the economy and the nation,’ he said.

The BJP leader said the Third Front has too many contradictions as BSP and Samajwadi Party cannot simultaneously be a part of it and neither can RJD and JD-U or Left and Trinamool Congress or DMK and AIADMK.

He said most political parties which occupy the non- Congress space in their states cannot be seen either supporting the Congress or surviving at the Centre with Congress support.
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