Third Front has no ideological coherence, says Arun Jaitley

He said, ‘The essential requisite of a Third Front is equidistance from the Congress and the BJP. How can the JD (U) and the Samajwadi Party claim that the JD (U) lost out to the RJD in a bid to befriend the Congress. The SP kept the UPA in power for ten years.’

While elaborating the complexities of the Third Front, he said, ‘It will be Trinamool Congress versus the Left, SP versus BSP, AIADMK versus the DMK and JD (U) versus RJD. They constitute a political paradox which a Third Front can never resolve. The Third Front has no ideological coherence. It has no nucleus with a large political presence which can provide stability to the Front.’

On Sunday AIADMK had announced its alliance with CPI and a day after the party has entered into an alliance with CPI (M) for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

Jaitley said, ‘The disillusionment with the Congress-led UPA is clearly visible. To pull the economy out of the present mess, you need coherence, decisiveness and political stability. The Third Front represents the very opposite of all these.’

On the context of Madan Lal, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Kasturba Nagar, charges that he had been approached by BJP leaders in an attempt to buy him off for Rs 20 crore to topple the Delhi government, Jaitley said, ‘It’s a rubbish claim by an AAP lawmaker that the BJP was trying to buy him off and topple the AAP government.’

He tweeted, ‘Rubbish claims by AAP. AAP’s alternative politics includes a fundamental right to falsehood and lies.’

Lal, while addressing the media, claimed that on 7 December he has received a call from an unknown number and the person on the other end said he would make him talk to a big person and mentioned Jaitley’s name.

Meanwhile, party chief Rajnath Singh has appointed Uma Bharti as election incharge for Uttarakhand and Prabhat Jha as organisation incharge for Delhi.

‘Centre not clear about BPL criteria’

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) alleged that the union government is not very clear about the eligibility and criteria of Below Poverty Line (BPL). Speaking to mediapersons at the party office, BJP spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman said, ‘The poverty level based on income or consumption expenditure is union government’s job and the state governments are not authorised to revised the slab. The figures of Rs 501 and Rs 324 as monthly per capita income criteria for urban and rural respectively was set by the union government in 2004.’

She said, ‘If we go with the central government’s asset-based criterion on BPL, only 21 lakh families come under the BPL in Gujarat.’
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