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Third front starts taking shape amid UPA turmoil

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 20, 2013
First Published: 00:31 IST(20/3/2013) | Last Updated: 01:55 IST(20/3/2013)

The talk of early elections might not be in the air yet, but the discussion about a third alternative has begun.

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A Left rally in New Delhi on Tuesday yet again pitches for a non-Congress, non-BJP alternative; UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav echoed the sentiment recently, saying third front could be a “healthy development” in Indian politics. And With Nitish Kumar calling upon regional leaders to come together on common issues, this third front has suddenly started to take shape.

“..The DMK seems to have put some conditions. This government was anyway a minority government after Trinamool withdrew its support. Now it has further reduced in terms of numbers. I am not sure if this situation would lead to an early poll”, CPM politburo member Sitaram Yechury told Hindustan Times.

His party, however, is working at a third alternative based on policies and programmes.

“Till the time we don’t remove the UPA government, we can’t change its policies,” CPM general secretary Prakash Karat said. “But is the BJP is an alternative of the Congress? The BJP’s economic policy is same as that of the Congress,” he said and alleged that both the Congress and the BJP were corrupt.

“There is a need for a new alternative. But how will this alternative be formed? Only when we are able to present alternative policies to the neo-liberal policies of Congress and the BJP,” Karat added.


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